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The Arts at Guilford

Students at Guilford College have the opportunity to participate in several areas of the arts including performances and ensembles in the music department, theatre productions and visiting collections in the Art Gallery. The College’s classes are small in size in order to ensure that each student gets extensive one-on-one interaction with their professors. This also helps create a close-knit community among classmates and in the arts departments as a whole. Despite its smaller size, the College offers many different experiences and opportunities to its students.

Art Gallery


The Permanent Collection offers something of value for a wide variety of visitors with its broad representation of periods, styles and cultures. Initially formed in 1973, the permanent collection was significantly expanded in 1986 with contributions by Rachel and Allen Weller, and by Ruth and Ira Julian, dedicated art collectors. Recently, Dr. A. Kelly Maness Jr. expanded the holdings with the contribution of a noteworthy collection of African sculpture. Spanning more than 4000 years and four continents, the permanent collection now includes more than 1500 original works of art by more than 600 artists.

The collections serve as a primary source of knowledge and inspiration for use by students and the community at large. While 20th century American art is predominant, the collection also includes internationally renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso and Dalí, works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, an impressive selection of contemporary Polish etchings and engravings, and a small collection of Josef and Anni Albers art and archival material.

The Art Gallery encourages faculty and students to utilize its resources and seeks to integrate its activities into the College’s academic program and curricular initiatives. In addition to serving the needs of the College community, the Art Gallery is committed to making its collections and programming widely available at no charge.

Click here to view current collections in the Art Gallery.


Gallery Hours

Main Gallery
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays (during the academic year)
Atrium galleries and vitrine displays are open during Hege Library hours, call (336) 316-2438 (recorded message) or (336) 316-2251. The Art Gallery is closed during College holidays.

Admission/Gallery Tours

Admission: Admission to the Art Gallery is free. Access for disabled visitors is via a ramp at the north side of the building.

Gallery Tours: Tours may be scheduled by appointment.

For more information about scheduling a tour, email Theresa Hammond in advance, or call 336.316.2438.


Fifth Alumni Art Exhibition and Exchange

September 3 - December 5, Art Gallery, Hege Library

Held approximately every 4 years, the exhibition is open to all artists having attended classes in the Guilford College art department, and other Guilford alumni currently working as professional artists. This year's exhibition features sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and woodworking by more than 40 alumni artists from class years ranging from 1961 to 2013, who now live across the United States.

related events and programming

Fifth Alumni Art Exchange
Friday, October 31, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Art Gallery, Hege Library 

For the first time, this year’s Alumni Art Exchange is being presented in conjunction with the College’s Homecoming celebration, October 31 - November 2. Guilford College art alumni who have established successful careers in the arts will return to campus to share their experiences with current students in a day-long series of events. The day’s events conclude with a reception for the Alumni Exhibition from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Guilford College Art Gallery, located in Hege Library; followed by jazz on the lawn. 

Double Vision:  Perspectives from Palestine

September 5 - October 18, McMichael Atrium, Founders Hall 

A multimedia exhibition of photographs, video, written narratives, and audio providing a provocative picture of life in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem from the perspective of Palestinian youth and professional human rights photographer Todd Drake. 

Impaired Perceptions

October 1 - December 5, Robert C. Ketner Vitrines, Hege Library

The black & white photographic portraits of people with various physical impairments promote individualization. Co-sponsored by the College’s Diversity Action Committee, the exhibition and visit by artist Brian Charles Steel are offered in conjunction with National Disability Awareness Month and an on-campus workshop/conference of NC AHEAD (North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability) October 2-3. Steel, who was born with congenital fiber type disproportion, created Impaired Perceptions to challenge misperceptions often had of people like himself who have physical impairments, and to open the doors for critical dialogue about ableism. 

Annual Student Art Show

November 6 - December 3, Bauman Galleries, Founders Hall

The Department of Art 's Annual Student Show will open in Founders Hall Bauman Galleries with a reception on Thursday evening, Nov. 6, and the show will remain on display through December 3. 

Music Department

Current Performances


College Choir

The music department at Guilford College supports two choral ensembles: the College Choir and the Chamber Singers. The College Choir is an unauditioned mixed chorus open to anyone who enjoys singing. The College Choir performs a wide variety of repertoire and often tours in the Spring Semester. The College Choir offers scholarship money to pay for voice lessons, instrumental lessons, and positions of leadership within the choir.

Chamber Singers 

The Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of approximately twenty singers. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The Chamber Singers ensemble offers scholarship money to pay for voice lessons, instrumental lessons, and positions of leadership within the choir. 

Guitar Ensemble 

Guitar Ensembles are a vital part of the Guilford College music program, and consist of both large and small groups. Opportunities are also available to perform with other instrumentalists and vocalists. In the past, guitar ensembles frequently collaborate with Guilford's dance program to perform live in full-productions. Major past works include pieces by York, Brouwer, Torroba, and Vivaldi. Guilford College owns a contrabass guitar, and requinto guitar, both of which are used by the guitar ensemble. Guitar ensemble is required for music majors and open to all students. 

Jazz Ensemble 

The Guilford College Jazz Ensemble provides musicians the opportunity to perform within a large jazz ensemble setting. This group performs on and off of campus and studies jazz ensemble repertoire from the early Swing Era to the present. The ensemble is open to any Guilford student by audition. 

Jazz Combos

Jazz combos at Guilford College provide musicians with the opportunity to perform and rehearse in a small group setting. Techniques for improvisation are explored as are the individual roles of instruments within the jazz tradition. Groups perform throughout the semester on campus and in the greater Greensboro area.

Classical Instrumental Ensemble

This new course was established by popular demand and is offered to all Guilford musicians who play an instrument and wish to study and perform classical music. The literature studied depends on the instrumentalists who enroll, and everyone in the class will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform music they wish to learn. This will be accomplished by forming chamber ensembles within the larger group of musicians.

Theatre Studies

Current Productions

Theatre Studies produces two to four productions per year. Tickets are available online at this location within two weeks of opening, or at a table in the lobby of Founders Hall.

For questions, call Marc Williams at 336.316.2047.

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Dead Man's Cell Phone
By Sarah Ruhl
November 6-7 & 12-14 at 8 p.m.
Sternberger Auditorium

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Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally produced on the New York stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh
January 29-31 and February 4-6 at 8:00 p.m.
Sternberger Auditorium

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By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross
April 8, 9, 10 & 15-16 at 8 p.m.
Sternberger Auditorium

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We wish to honor all of those who have made theatre a vibrant presence on our campus. This page is part of an ongoing project to document theatre productions at Guilford College, going as far back in time as records will permit.

Take a look! Help us identify people! If you have production memorabilia, please send scanned copies to John Zerbe. We’ll include your material in this archive.

View our photo archive.

Earliest available records suggest that the production of theatre on campus started in 1916 long before the existence of formal classroom study. Initially, theatre was an extracurricular student activity sponsored variously by the Literary Club, the Y.W.C.A., the Dramatics Council, and then Revelers.

After long focusing on dramatic literature, the English department added the first academic course focused on theatrical production in 1929. Offerings began to expand in 1956 when Donald Deagon joined the faculty. He and wife Ann established the department of Classics and Drama in 1967-68, splitting them into freestanding programs in 1971, giving birth to the department of Drama and Speech. In 1990, the department revised and deepened its curriculum, began creating its own productions with support through the academic budget, and the current department of Theatre Studies was born.