Welcome to The Arts at BGSU! 

The Arts at Bowling Green State University continue to flourish and stretch the boundaries of knowledge and imagination. You can experience the strength of our traditions and the inspiration of our creative innovations.

Comprising the College of Musical Arts, the School of Art, the Department of Theatre & Film and the Creative Writing Program, The Arts at BGSU function as an interdisciplinary unit, promoting a culture of creativity both on our campus and in our community.

Join us! We look forward to sharing our performances, galleries, lectures, and research with you.

Featured Premier Arts Events


University Men's Chorus Celebrates 50 Years

Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center

April 9 at 8 P.M.

Join the current BGSU Men’s Chorus and the Alumni Men’s Chorus for a concert celebrating the ensemble’s founding in the fall of 1971! Music to be performed will pay tribute to past and present traditions. Previous conductors of the chorus, Prof. Richard Mathey and Dr. William Skoog, will conduct the Alumni Chorus. The current ensemble is under the direction of Men’s Chorus alumnus (’93), Dr. Richard Schnipke.

Pippin title with sunrise graphic


Music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Roger O. Hirson

Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theater, Wolfe Center for the Arts

 April 7-9 at 8 P.M. | April 9-10 at 2 P.M.

WINNER of FIVE Tony Awards in 1973 and FOUR in 2013! A mysterious performance troupe tells the story of Pippin, a young prince on a magical journey of self-discovery.

Mendelssohn's Elijah

BG Philharmonia & BGSU Choirs

Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center

April 24 at 3 P.M.

Elijah is an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn depicting events in the life of the Prophet Elijah as told in the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament. It premiered on August 26, 1846, at Birmingham Town Hall in its English version, conducted by the composer, and it was immediately acclaimed a classic of the genre. As The Times critic wrote: “Never was there a more complete triumph – never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art.”

Mendelssohn said he “imagined Elijah as a real prophet through and through, of the kind we could really do with today: strong, zealous and, yes, even badtempered. Angry and brooding – in contrast to the riff-raff, whether of the court or of the people, and indeed in contrast to almost the whole world – and yet borne aloft as if on angel’s wings.”

The BG Philharmonia, under the direction of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, will be joined by the University Choral Society, A Cappella Choir, Collegiate Chorale and guest soloists for this multi-ensemble extravaganza to round out the spring semester.

Face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, are recommended at University Arts performances.


In The Round: a six-part speaker series featuring Native American Creatives seeks to render visible—to the BGSU and local communities—the artistry, activism, and presence of contemporary Native American artists. This series is an extension of the recently-developed BGSU Land Acknowledgment, which provides a foundation upon which the university can build purposeful and sustained practices that seek to decolonize our institution. 

In The Round features Native American creatives who work in the areas of the arts here at BGSU: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Music, Creative Writing, Film, and Theatre. The series offers opportunities to enrich the learning, experiences, and perspectives of all members of our campus and local communities. By engaging contemporary Indigenous and Native American Artists, this series challenges erroneous and harmful stereotypes that continue to permeate American society today. Exposure to the artists’ works and techniques through which they share their experiences, worldviews, and reactions to the cultural and historical moment in which we all find ourselves facilitates growth and dynamic learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. 

In The Round was made possible by Glanz Family Research Award for Interdisciplinary Faculty Innovation and Collaboration, Jane Labino Black Fund, BGSU President’s Office, Division of Research and Economic Engagement, University Libraries, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Music, School of Art, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Department of English, Department of Theater & Film, Division of Graphic Design, Arts Village, ECAP, Wood County Public Library, and the Mazza Museum. 

For a full schedule, click here

Arts Calendar of Events

Updated: 03/22/2022 04:42PM