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Arts at Emory

Emory University provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the arts. Upholding the University's mission statement to help men and women fully develop their intellectual, aesthetic, and moral capacities,- Emory offers a blend of teaching, learning, and performance, thereby creating a vital community experience (


The main focus of the Emory Dance Company is to provide an in-depth study of a choreographic work from its beginning stages in the creative process to the completed concert performance. The Emory Dance Company regularly commissions choreographic works and musical scores by guest artists. Performances also include annual concerts of faculty and student works. Each spring selected members of the Emory Dance Company study and perform at the regional American College Dance Festival. Additional performing opportunities in dance are available through the Dances and Dance Forms course, our touring company and student dance organizations such as the African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American (AHANA) group. The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts dance studio is the primary performance home for Emory Dance.For more information visit the websites at and

Creative Writing

Students may take undergraduate courses at both beginning and advanced levels in fiction, poetry, and other forms of writing. Outside of the classroom, student writing of various kinds is published regularly in The Lullwater Review, The Phoenix, The Edge, and The Spoke. Public readings of fiction and poetry written by students are sponsored by the Stipe Society and other groups. For more information visit www.creative

Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is located on the main Quadrangle of the Emory campus and houses a permanent collection of more than sixteen thousand objects including art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, the Americas, Africa and Asia, as well as American and European works of art on paper from the Middle Ages to the present day. In addition to the permanent galleries, the museum offers temporary special exhibitions from nationally and internationally renowned institutions and private collections. Students are also invited to attend the many lectures, workshops, films, and performances held throughout the year. University-level membership is available, and benefits include invitations to exhibition openings and special events, subscriptions to the museum's publications and calendar of events, discounts in the Museum Bookshop, international travel opportunities, and more.

The original section of the museum is housed in Michael C. Carlos Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus. Its 1916 beaux arts design by Henry Hornbostel placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. The acclaimed facility was renovated and then expanded to its current size by celebrated postmodernist architect Michael Graves.

The Carlos Museum's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for students. Two different mp3-based audio guides featuring Emory scholars are available for a $3 rental at the reception desk; one is a general guide to the exhibitions, and the second makes connections between objects in the museum and the Bible. Caffè Antico, located on the museum's third floor, features salads, sandwiches, entrées, and healthful grab-and-go options. For more information, call 404.727.4282 or visit the website at


Instrumental and choral ensembles offer students an opportunity to perform and learn music of all periods. Students wishing to participate can find a rewarding place in one of the many ensembles (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, University Chorus, Concert Choir, Javanese Gamelan, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Indian Music Ensemble). Musical ensembles are open to students, faculty, and staff from the various graduate and professional schools as well as Emory College. Visit for more information.

Local, national, and international artists visit the campus regularly for concerts, master classes, and residencies in the Music at Emory Series. The wealth of concert opportunities allows students to hear a wide variety of professional performances.

Theater at Emory and Theater Studies

Theater Emory is a unique collaboration of experienced theater artists, scholars, and students. Actors, designers, and directors from throughout the United States and abroad work side by side with students. Theater Emory productions are held in the R. Howard Dobbs University Center in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, and readings are held in the Theater Laboratories in the Burlington Road Building and Schwartz Center. Students are invited to participate in all aspects of the operation of Theater Emory. Ad Hoc, Rathskellar, and Starving Artists Productions provide students with the opportunity of working on all aspects of theater. For more information visit