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Art + Culture


Art and culture take shape in countless ways on campus and throughout Eau Claire. The scene is just waiting for you to showcase your own masterpiece! From the exhibits hanging in Centennial Hall to the paintings on the windows in Davies during homecoming—it brings joy to your soul, fuels your passions, and lets you express what makes you, you. 

UW-Eau Claire orchestra performing

Blugold Marching Band

Attention all music lovers

If you are looking for a university that loves music as much as you do, UW-Eau Claire is that place! Music pulses through our campus and we offer plenty of opportunities for you to pursue your passion – even if it isn't your major. And when it is your major, you will learn from the very best and receive a classical foundation that will make you a competitive musician in any genre.

Become a part of the largest D3 marching band, find your best friends in a choir or a capella group, play world-famous symphonies in an orchestra, jam in a big band jazz ensemble – you bring your instrument and we will provide the stage. And you can find countless other live music stages throughout Eau Claire, the Music Capital of the North! Sound like something you'd be interested in? 

Check out all of your options below and if you want something different, create an ensemble of your own!

Bands & Orchestras

  • 1 marching band
  • 1 athletic band
  • 3 wind bands
  • 2 orchestras

Jazz Ensembles

  • 4 big bands with unlimited combos

Vocal Ensembles

  • 3 mixed
  • 1 all male
  • 2 all female
  • 6 a capella groups
Dancing at Viennese Ball

Long-lasting traditions

There are several traditions that celebrate culture and the arts while showcasing the talent this university has helped to build. Unique events such as the Viennese Ball and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival have alumni, community members, and Blugolds setting reminders on their calenders each year.

Embracing art

You'll find beautiful and thought-provoking works of art throughout the community and in several buildings on campus, including Davies Center, Centennial Hall, and Haas Fine Arts. In addition, our very own Foster Art Gallery is home to the University Art Collection and regular exhibits from students and artists around the world.

Sprites sculpture on campus

Command the stage

Eau Claire has a rich history in theatre arts. If your creative outlet is on the stage, this is the perfect place to be. Not only can you get your fill of musicals and plays on campus, you can also get involved in the many theatre opportunities out in the community. 

The University Theatre Productions gives theatre lovers productions in a full range of styles, genres and periods. The season offers four main-stage productions, a theatre for youth touring production, and a student-directed short play festival and dance concert.

See current productions

UW-Eau Claire theatre production

Surrounding Blugolds with culture

The Forum lecture series is one of the longest standing continuous events of its kind in the United States. Each year, you have the opportunity to listen to some of the greatest imaginations and idea makers of our time. Likewise, the Artists Series has been a staple on UW-Eau Claire's campus for over 50 years. The Artists Series brings in international dance, music, and theatre performances large and small.

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