At GSU, the arts are not an afterthought, but an intentional part of campus life.

We believe that an education and a community infused with the arts are better places to live, learn, work and play. The arts bring people together, building community and finding common ground. You've heard that music is the universal language. At GSU, music, theatre, dance, sculpture, and visuals arts all inspire us to see our connection to others in creative ways. This connection is uniquely symbolized by the one-of-a-kind Charles Lotton glass chandelier welcoming visitors into the Center for Performing Arts lobby; representing the illuminating power of the arts.

The Center for Performing Arts (CPA) welcomes over 60,000 people annually, offering quality cultural and arts education experiences, including comedy, dance, theatre opera, family programs and rock/pop/blues/jazz concerts. The Visual Arts Gallery showcases Chicago-based artists, students and faculty in free community exhibitions. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park offers an opportunity to experience the intersection of art and nature, and to be inspired by 29 master works of contemporary sculpture. This attraction offers a free public space for area residents, year-round.

Center for Perfroming Arts yearly Nutcracker performanceGallery opening at the Visual Arts Gallery wiht painting
Exhausted Paul sculpture at GSU

Come and experience GSU's concept of living in the midst of art, where the walls are adorned with art by Chicago's emerging artists, the stage is humming with activity, and the Park brings a new breathtaking view every season.

For academic programs in the arts, please visit The Division of Communication Visual and Performing Arts page at