College of Fine Arts Venues
Boston University Concert Hall
The Boston University College of Fine Arts Concert Hall hosts a variety of events, including student and guest performers.
Boston University Art Gallery
Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the University community the BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location on Commonwealth Avenue since 1958, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.
Located on the fifth floor of the College of Fine Arts, Gallery 5 enhances the quality of life of the undergraduate students in the School of Visual Arts by offering them a professional exhibition space near their studios where they are able to plan, propose, and install their own exhibitions. Students consult with the Visual Arts Faculty and administrative office, but are responsible for all aspects of their exhibition’s curation, including selection, display, and advertising. These exhibitions rotate on a monthly basis during the regular academic year.
The 808 Gallery is located at 808 Commonwealth Avenue, on the first floor of the former Peter Fuller Cadillac building. Each spring, the gallery is the site of the graduate (MFA) painting thesis exhibition, and other exhibitions are scheduled in the gallery by the School of Visual Arts throughout the academic year. Other exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists working in a variety of media are scheduled in the gallery by the School of Visual Arts throughout the academic year.
Theatre Lab 855, Miller&Jewels Studio Theatres
These three performance spaces within the 855 Commonwealth Ave building operate as laboratories for student theatre production
Opera Institute Movement Studio
A professional facility dedicated to movement training in opera.
BU Dance Theater
The Boston University Dance Theater and Rehearsal Space is a new 223 seat state-of-the-art studio/theatre space designed specifically for dance performances, classes and special events.
The Sherman Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of talented alumni as well as current faculty members and students of the School of Visual Arts. Located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union building at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, the Sherman Gallery is highly visible to both the BU community and visitors to the campus.
Tsai Performance Center
Completed in 1989, and with a maximum seating capacity of 515, the proscenium stage of the Tsai Performance Center is an ideal performance space for concerts, theatrical and dance presentations, lectures, film programs, and conferences.
Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue. Designed by McKim, Mead and White, it was built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which continues to make the hall its home. The hall was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1999. It was then noted that “Symphony Hall remains, acoustically, among the top three concert halls in the world and is considered the finest in the United States.” The Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus perform at this famed venue twice a year.
Boston University Theatre
The building today known as the Boston University Theatre, and constructed in 1923, was designed as America’s first civic playhouse. Designed by J. Williams Beal & Sons and originally named the Repertory Theatre of Boston, the theatre was built to be a permanent home for the Henry Jewett Players, a Boston-based repertory theatre company. In October 1953, Boston University purchased the facility, and the vision with which the founders had initially created the theatre again began to be realized.
Lane Comely Studio 210
Studio 210 is a black box theatre located adjacent to the Boston University Theatre. It serves as a flexible space theatre mainly for BU School of Theatre Arts productions.
In 2005, the School of Theatre began producing two shows annually in the Huntington Theatre Company’s new Virginia Wimberly Theatre, housed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Located in the heart of Boston’s South End neighborhood, the Calderwood Pavilion serves as both a theatre hub and a cultural landmark for the City of Boston. It provides a home for artistic collaborations, fosters the development of new plays, creates more opportunities for youth and community outreach, and expands the existing BCA complex to include more performance venues for Boston’s smaller arts organizations.