The Arts
at Carolina

The arts are all around us at Carolina, and it's hard to imagine ۰ͼ-Chapel Hill without them. From Pulitzer Prize-winning operas to captivating art work and creative collaborations to student performances and more, there’s no shortage of examples of Tar Heels using their creativity and passions to enrich our lives through the arts. Even our parking decks have a creative flair.

A central part of the Carolina experience, the arts reflect the University’s pursuit of new knowledge and commitment to public service.

It’s easy for students to find creative outlets at Carolina. Whether your interest is singing, dancing, magic, animation or anything else, there’s a for you.

Each spring, the University hosts , a campus-wide celebration of the arts. But every day is a chance for students, faculty, staff and the community at large to participate in or simply enjoy the arts at Carolina.

Students in a music class playing a variety of instruments. In the foreground is a student playing the piano and reading sheet music.

At Carolina, the power of the arts knows no bounds. On campus, in the local community and across the world, Tar Heels are channeling their creativity to achieve lifelong goals, be of service to others and make new discoveries.

Keep reading to see how Tar Heels excel in all areas of the arts.

Dancers dancing in front of a large tapestry art display.

Tar Heel creatives

Arts in and out of the classroom

Artful alumni

  • Jennifer Wu standing in blue dress against greenery.

    Jennifer Wu ’24 (PhD)

    After years of working in the business world, this lifelong learner earned a doctorate in art history from Carolina.

  • A man, Jake Lawler, wearing a suit and posing for a photo in front of a white backdrop with the Disney logo and the logo for a show called

    Jake Lawler ’20

    The Hussman graduate and former Tar Heel football player is now tackling a career in screenwriting and writes for “The Crossover” series on Disney+.

  • Lauren Schultes wearing white shirt posing against dark green background.

    Lauren Schultes ’11

    An original Kenan Music Scholar, she's had a pitch-perfect career in sales and singing.

  • Denise Murrell headshot next to Carolina Blue artwork of the U.S. with points indicating where Denise Murrell has gone.

    Denise Murrell ’76

    The finance professional turned art historian has curated an important exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance.