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During his inaugural address, IU President Michael A. McRobbie described the performance and practice spaces, libraries, museums, and galleries of Indiana University as "the equivalent of laboratories or supercomputers" for students and faculty in the arts and humanities. IU offers some of the finest facilities in the nation, including:

  • The nation's top university library system, according to the Association of College and Research Libraries
  • An I.M. Pei-designed art museum in Bloomington
  • A public art collection in Indianapolis that includes sculptures by Dale Chihuly, James Willie Faust and others
  • The Toradze Piano Studio at IU South Bend

While many students major in the arts at IU, countless others develop and appreciation and love for the arts while studying on an IU campus. Each of our eight campuses is a cultural resource for its community, offering a combination of music, art, and theater and a venue for guest performers and speakers.

Indiana University continues to improve its arts and humanities infrastructure with two new projects.

In October 2009, it broke ground on the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington–the university's first facility dedicated exclusively to cinema. The 300-seat theater will combine digital and film projection capabilities, fiber optics, and Internet2 bandwidth, and serve as a venue for IU film courses, film festivals, and major conferences.

Renovations are also in process at the Theater and Drama Building on the Bloomington campus. Once complete, the building will be connected to the Lee Norvelle Theater and Drama Center, with much-needed space for experimental blackbox theater, a movement studio, and additional classroom and office space.