Upcoming Events:

November 30, December 1, 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. and December 3, 2017, 2 p.m.

The Bluest Eye

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. Read more

November 30, December 1, 2, 2017, 8 p.m.

Oberlin Dance Company 2017

Oberlin Dance Company 2017 is the final concert of Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams, celebrating three decades of teaching at Oberlin. The concert showcases our student performers in both choreographed and improvised works. Read more

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 p.m.

Roomful of Teeth

The innovative vocal ensemble, featuring Oberlin’s own Dashon Burton ’05, will perform a program that includes Partita for 8 Voices, a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece by member Caroline Shaw. Read more

March 7, 9, 10, 2018, 8 p.m. and March 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of the Henry James novella showcases the dramatic tension of the original work and introduces a score that juxtaposes tonality and dissonance in quintessentially Britten fashion. Read more

Friday, March 30, 2018, 8 p.m.

Brentano String Quartet

Celebrating 25 years in 2017, the Naumberg Award-winning Brentano String Quartet revels in playing music very old and very new—and its Oberlin performance will follow suit, with Rennaissance-era madrigals paired with the 2011 piece From the Fifth Book, which was commissioned for the quartet and composed by Oberlin Professor Stephen Hartke. Read more

April 5–8 and 12–15, 2018, Times TBD.

Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2

This two-time Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece comes to life in an innovative, epic production. Read more


Ongoing Art Exhibitions:

June 6, 2017 to December 10, 2017

A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Chinese Painting

This exhibition celebrates the Chinese painting collection at Oberlin College, which began in 1912 with a gift from noted American collector Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919). Read more

June 6, 2017 to December 10, 2017

Persian and South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts

This small but admirable collection of works from Persia and South Asia, which are often requested for private viewings by classes at Oberlin College, has rarely been exhibited to the public in such a complete fashion. Read more

August 8, 2017 to December 17, 2017

A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017

Until the modern era, printmaking was largely considered a male-dominated pursuit, due in part to the technological requirements of making prints and the social restrictions placed on women. Read more

August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

Maidenform to Modernism: The Bissett Collection

Enid and Joseph Bissett were among the most important donors to the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, giving 24 artworks during the 1950s and 60s. Read more

August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

This Is Your Art: The Legacy of Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson ’33 often told students in her contemporary art course, “This is your art,” insisting that they investigate the sometimes obtuse (and frustrating) art of their own time before it had been digested and normalized by art history. Read more

Piano 2018 | Violin 2019
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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About the Arts at Oberlin

Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured throughout the world Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

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