Get in touch with your artistic side
Whether you want to take the stage or watch a play, visit a gallery or exhibit, or hear a reading by a visiting author, K-State’s the place for you.
“As a major cultural center for the university, Manhattan, and the region, K-State understands that experiencing the vibrancy of the arts is essential,” according to President Kirk Schulz. “Our multifaceted arts programs are a vital and core element of what it means to be a major university.”
Head to McCain Auditorium’s performance series for nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Performances range from the Moscow National Ballet to the LA Theatre Works’ War of the Worlds and The Lost World to the casts of Annie and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.
Performances by K-State theatre and dance students take place in Nichols Theatre, McCain Auditorium, and the Purple Masque Theatre. Watch K-State productions of classics like Guys and Dolls or Romeo and Juliet and modern shows like Humble Boys.
Dance concerts include a variety of styles—including ballet, modern, tap, and jazz—performed by talented students and choreographed by dance faculty, guest artists, and advanced students.
Each year music faculty and students present more than 150 events featuring solo, ensemble, and large group presentations for wind, string, keyboard, and percussion instruments and vocal presentations that include solo recitals, opera workshop, and choir concerts. Most events are free and take place in All Faiths Chapel or McCain Auditorium.
Enjoy poetry and fiction readings by visiting writers and Department of English faculty and students.
Galleries and exhibitions
The museum offers an in-depth look at Kansas art and brings art and artists from around the world to the heart of Kansas.
This College of Architecture, Planning, and Design gallery in Seaton Hall is home to work from students, faculty, and practicing architects.
Guest artist and student and faculty work is on display in this 1,400-square-foot, technology friendly Department of Art gallery in Willard Hall.
Exhibits from Master of Fine Arts candidates, visiting artists, alumni, and students and faculty rotate in this K-State Student Union gallery.