Art and culture is better when experienced.
Enrich your college life through a series of speakers, art exhibitions, theater productions, and other special events. Have a hands on experience of what a true liberal arts education is about.
This year, the Theatre Department will celebrate their 97th anniversary with three widely different mainstage productions - each offered with a unique production style:
• TRUE WEST (Comedy/Drama) by Sam Shephard
• FOREVER PLAID (Musical) by Stuart Ross
• PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (Comedy) by Steve Martin
These theatre pieces are bound by a simple question: "What is our sense of purpose?"
Our Theatre productions have shined at the state festival. Last year, the University of the Ozarks Theatre company took home 12 awards, including the prestigious Director's Choice Award and Respondent' Choice Award. It is the third consecutive year they have captured the Director’s Choice Award at the festival. The company won the honor in 2013 with "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)," and in 2014 with "Rabbit Hole."
WALTON ARTS & IDEAS SERIES
The Walton Arts & Ideas Series (WAIS), which began at Ozarks in 1992 through an endowed gift by the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year.
This year, “The Power of Sports” series will bring eight recognized speakers and artists to share their sports inspiring career to the Ozarks community.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” — Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate
Housed in the University's Walton Fine Arts Center, the Stephens Gallery provides the Ozarks community and its guests a magnificent showplace for their creations. The 1500 square feet of the gallery provide ample wall and floor space in which to exhibit works in a variety of artistic mediums and styles, while the arched windows on the east floods the display area with a soft, pleasing light.
Two permanent collections donated to the University are on display in the gallery, the Pfeffer Collection and the Arch H. Gould Collection.
Throughout the year, the Walton Arts Center hosts several art exhibits that display the hard work of students and faculty during the academic year.
The Student Art Exhibit features work from Ozarks students. A variety of media is represented in the exhibition, including drawings, prints, paintings, mixed media collage, ceramics, sculpture, and video. Featuring artwork from more than a dozen students, the exhibit is also organized and coordinated by students.
The University also hosts the Artist of the Month Series featuring artists from around the nation.