Film festivals, art galleries, museums, and cultural events give Rutgers students endless ways to have fun and explore—and expand—their interests. You can revel in the creativity of others, or you can be the one who’s working on a theater production or staging an art show.
Arts & Culture
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Museums and Galleries
View a dinosaur trackway, Soviet art, or exotic insects. Whatever your interests, you’ll be both educated and amazed after visiting the museums at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
Admire and critique art of all time periods and mediums, from ancient paintings to contemporary photography. The museum’s permanent collection comprises more than 60,000 works and features particularly rich holdings in the areas of French art of the 19th century; Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art; and prints, rare books, and original illustrations for children’s books.
This 4,000-square-foot venue presents exhibitions featuring the work of students, faculty members, and distinguished outside artists. The gallery also hosts shows organized by the Institute for Women and Art and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions.
This free museum allows students and visitors to view historical exhibits and collections featuring shimmering geodes, minerals, an Egyptian mummy, and a mastodon skeleton.
If you’re interested in researching various species of insects and bugs, schedule an appointment to view more than 200,000 pinned specimens.
Explore new cultures or learn more about your own at Rutgers–New Brunswick’s ethnic and cultural centers—a great way to share cultural experiences and events with students, faculty, and community members. Also think about joining one of the many cultural clubs and organizations on campus.
The center provides a supportive environment for Asian-American and Asian students and is active in expanding multicultural education through events, guest speakers, and cultural programs.
Lectures, art exhibits, and cultural events are some of the many ways students, faculty, and staff can participate in Latino culture on campus.
The center hosts lectures, films, academic programs, and other events reflecting the social and educational experiences of the African-American student population.
Film festivals, exhibits, and lectures connect the center with the New Brunswick community. The Bildner Center also works closely with the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center to educate teachers, students, and scholars.
Whether you’re interested in student-created films, shopping for new plants for your garden, or taking in some live music, you’ll find a variety of festivals at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
Alumni, friends, family, and visitors participate in the day’s activities, which include Ag Field Day and the New Jersey Folk Festival. Usually the last Saturday in April, Rutgers Day attracts more than 75,000 visitors to Rutgers’ campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
Rutgers draws thousands of visitors to the G.H. Cook Campus each spring to take part in a day of demonstrations, activities, and lectures covering all facets of New Jersey farming and agriculture.
Rutgers students with a passion for film can take in screenings, participate in discussions, and help plan the festival.
The oldest continuously running folk festival in New Jersey takes place each year on the New Brunswick Campus, with music, food, and crafts. The festival is managed by Rutgers undergraduates.
The festival showcases films from the past and present that are rooted in Jewish culture, covering all genres, including documentaries and dramas.
Readings and Lectures
Prize-winning writers, preeminent scientists, and political leaders often come to Rutgers for readings, panel discussions, and conferences. Check the calendar of events for the latest in readings and lectures.
Scholars come to Rutgers on six occasions during the year to present their work and engage others on women’s involvement in today’s culture.
Leading writers from around the world read their poetry and fiction and engage in discussions with students, faculty, and community members.
The Mason Gross School of the Arts welcomes acclaimed artists from all mediums to meet with students, faculty, and the general public.
Venues and Student Groups
Looking to see a movie or a dance performance? Hoping to act in a play—or even direct one? Here’s a resource to help you find arts/performance venues and student groups at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Get involved in the arts. Choose from scores of clubs and organizations devoted to singing, dancing, acting, and art.
Whatever you want see or hear, whether it’s hip-hop music or a string quartet, you’ll find it at Rutgers.
Whether concentrating on an undergraduate degree in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts or enjoying your free time with a student group in hip-hop or Middle Eastern traditions, dance at Rutgers gives you a way to express yourself.
Music can be heard everywhere at Rutgers! As a student you can perform with the Opera Institute through Mason Gross School of the Arts or get the crowd going before tip-off as part as the pep band. Whatever your style, you’ll find it.
Let your voice be heard by participating in a vocal program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts or one of the many student organizations featuring styles from a capella to contemporary to gospel.
Pursuing a degree in theater arts through Mason Gross School of the Arts lets students follow their dreams of taking center stage, calling the shots as director, or designing the intricate sets. The university also offers performing arts programs through student groups for comedy, improv, and cabaret.
Students majoring in visual arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts receive instruction and feedback from skilled and experienced faculty. Exhibits are held regularly throughout the year displaying student work in campus galleries.
The Science of Singing
Mason Gross students are privileged to be able to learn from master teachers, such as associate professor of voice Eduardo Chama. But anyone can follow his tips to become a better singer.