Ongoing Events:

Through June 5, 2016

Psycho / Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art

In Asian thought, the body is often understood in many ways and on multiple levels simultaneously. A number of the works examine the mind-body relationship found in esoteric Buddhist traditions and how it can reveal an individual’s larger dimensions through visual quotations from religious imagery. Read more

Through June 2016

Return of the Dragon

Dragons appear in East Asian folk tales, mythology, and all of the region’s major religious traditions. Unlike the fire-breathing, gold-hoarding, maiden-kidnapping variety in Western mythology, in East Asia the dragon is most often a positive symbol as a harbinger of rain and controller of floods and storms. Read more


January 12 to May 29, 2016

A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing

A Picture of Health examines diverse modes of healing through art from the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The exhibition is drawn from the AMAM collection and includes loans from the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College libraries and special collections. Read more

February 2 to May 29, 2016

Judit Reigl: Body of Music

Reigl’s artistic approach has ranged from surrealist automatism to the exploration of the boundary between figuration and abstraction. Judit Reigl: Body of Music follows two threads that unite the artist’s long and disparate oeuvre: corporeality and music. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 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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