Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

About Us


The Department of Fine and Performing Arts engages the transformative power of art to enrich the individual and connect communities. We provide students with theory and skill-based instruction within the context of a strong Jesuit liberal arts curriculum, and we engage audiences through extensive public programming in Dance, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre.

Welcome from the Chair

Hello and welcome to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts on the beautiful lakeshore campus of Loyola University Chicago! 

As a combined department of Dance, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre, we offer an array of opportunities to explore the arts in and out of the classroom through our holistic coursework and public programming; all of which are led by our faculty of professional artists.

As Jesuit-educated artists, we understand that the world’s peoples are interrelated and interdependent, and we take the responsibility of that knowledge to heart. We believe in the power of the arts to help create a more just society, and are therefore devoted to raising issues of social justice through the dances we compose, the artwork we create, the music we perform, and the plays that we produce.

We draw from and engage with Chicago’s rich professional art scene by bringing guest artists into our classrooms and taking our students into the city to work side by side with artists of all disciplines.  We engage with our local community by working together on important issues such as sustainability, marginalization, and oppression.

Together we reflect, create, and illuminate the ever-enduring human spirit.

Dr. Sarah Gabel
DFPA Chairperson