Beatrice Rana

Welcome to the Arts Series

For over 50 years the University Arts Series has been presenting great performances to campus and community audiences.

Hundreds of exceptional artists from around the world have presented at the University of Dayton since 1961, each one helping us to better understand the joys and challenges of being human. Sometimes, the answer is to remind us of the importance of beauty and laughter: the purity of the Kronos Quartet (1991), and the sly humor of the mime Marcel Marceau (1973) celebrate humanity’s creative spirit. On the other hand, art is sometimes forged from difficult life experiences. Our campus has been riveted by human rights advocates and singers such as Jean Paul Samputu, a Rwandan genocide survivor (2007), and South African activist Miriam Makeba (1969).

This year we'll again present a range of arts experiences both exhilarating and challenging. From exploring the history of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, to hearing works - some classical, some from world music traditions - that literally challenge us, the audience, to engage in that question: "What makes us human?"

The Arts Series is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Garth Knox photo (at left) by Dániel Vass, ECM Records.

Exceptional arts programming since 1961.

Established by a committee of faculty and staff in the fall of 1961, the University of Dayton Arts Series was ambitious from the start. Marian Anderson, who in 1955 was the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, was one of the first featured artists. Admission was just a dollar when she performed at the UD Fieldhouse.

Since that inaugural season, the Arts Series has continued to offer exceptional performances. Here in Dayton, the campus has hosted such notables as Miriam Makeba, Van Cliburn, the Kronos Quartet and Ronald K Brown/Evidence. It's a range of artists that reflects the diversity of experiences we believe is important for "educating the whole person."

Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Art Series is looking forward to building audiences for its next half century of history.


Find us here.

Free parking is available on campus, but may often require a permit which can be obtained at one of the two visitor kiosks, at the main entrance on College Park Avenue (University Circle) or at Parking Lot C on Evanston Avenue. College Park is east of the intersection of Stewart and Brown streets. Evanston Avenue is off of Irving Avenue. Visitors may park in any single-letter lot without a permit after 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, after 4:30 p.m. Friday and all day on the weekend. For more information about parking, call Parking Services at 937-229-2128.

Printable map of all arts venues and recommended parking lots (pdf) >>
City of Dayton

How can we help you?

For Arts Series program information:

Contact Eileen Carr at 937-229-2787.

To purchase tickets for Arts Series concerts:

Contact the Kennedy Union Box Office at 937-229-2545. World Rhythm Concert tickets can be purchased either through the KU Box Office or through the Cityfolk Box Office at 937-496-3863.

Purchase tickets from the KU Box Office online (www) >>

For general information about the University of Dayton:

Call 937-229-1000.

Office Information

Arts Series Office
Phone: 937-229-2787
Fax: 937-229-4638
Contact Eileen Carr >>