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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

It was the founding vision of University of Mount Union founder Orville Nelson Hartshorn that not only would men train beside women at the institution, but that the sciences and the humanities would exist in “parallel,” each area receiving its own special emphasis and assuming its rightful place in the curriculum. From the very beginning, courses in music and art were offered to complement the “practical studies” that its students would take, ensuring that a Mount Union student would be a liberally educated student.

More than 150 years later, Hartshorn’s ideals still guide us. Today, the mission of the University is to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. The arts have always played a prominent role in achieving this mission.

Our arts and cultural programming instills in our students an appreciation of human creativity and expression, increasing their knowledge of human existence, agency, identity, and imagination as witnessed through language, ritual artifact, and performance. By exploring arts and culture, our students come to understand what it means to be human in finer terms. They encounter humanity in all of its diversity, and in exploring that diversity, our students become more thoughtful and capable world citizens. 

At Mount Union, we extend opportunities in arts and culture to members of the surrounding community as well. Lectures, performances, and exhibits are scheduled annually, as are a number of special events and performance opportunities.

 

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

The University of Mount Union offers scholarships in art, music, and theatre to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in these areas. 

Sally Otto Art Gallery

1972 Clark Ave
Alliance, Ohio 44601
(330) 821-2565

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.

The newly remodeled Sally Otto Art Gallery in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts is our contemporary space for exhibiting new work by regional and national artists. The primary goal of the gallery is one of exposure and awareness – on both the part of the artists and the Mount Union audience, which includes the community at large. Artists have the opportunity to unveil new work to the public - be it drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, computerized or installation projects - in the modernized Otto gallery, which is fitted with a 42” computer monitor.

Beeghly Hall Galleries

1972 Clark Ave
Alliance, Ohio 44601
(330) 821-2565

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Beeghly Hall, the institution's main administration building, features artwork on display throughout the year on both the first and second floors.

Sally Otto Art Gallery