Get involved with myriad performance and artistic opportunities, such as:
- Music: Electronic music and composition; multiple a cappella and chamber music groups; private lessons on dozens of instruments, and voice; ensembles including choir, orchestra, wind symphony, African marimba, Gamelan, jazz combos, Hindustani voice, and Ghanian music/dance.
- Theatre and Dance: fall and spring productions; winter dance concert; student-directed, student-written One Act Festival; student-run 24-hour play festival; Improv Club; Students for Cultural Inclusion in the Theatre (SCIT).
- Art: Art Club; Art Week; Photography Club; annual lineup of exhibitions at the Hoffman gallery, including a senior art exhibition.
- Creative Writing: author/editor positions with publications such as The L&C Literary Review, Journal of Gender Thought & Expression, and Polyglot (multilingual journal); Poetry Club.
- Other Arts-Focused Student Groups: Anime Club, Bookbinding Club, Film Club, Gaming Society, Platteau student art center, Visual and Performing Arts floor in res halls.
Professional Development Opportunities
Our fine arts programs build a pathway for you to pursue a career in the arts or the larger creative economy. Working closely with arts faculty and the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship, you’ll have access to the vibrant arts scene in Portland and beyond:
Exciting Internships, including:
- In Portland: Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Symphony, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland Center Stage, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Resonance Ensemble
- On our New York and London semester arts programs: Atlantic Theatre Company, Playwright’s Horizons, The Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum of American Art., Aperture, Matte magazine, Magnum Photo
- Visiting Artists Programs. Recent guests include MacArthur Genius Okwui Okpokwasili; Award-winning Canadian artist Sameer Farooq; and Gianine Tabja.
- Entrepreneurship and the Arts. The arts-focused curriculum offered by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship includes Curatorial Affairs in the Visual Arts, Introduction to Design Thinking, Music Industry Practicum, and Screenwriting.
- Networking with alumni. Regular events and programs connect you with alumni who want to help you be successful.
Graduate school mentorship.
Alumni have gone on to top programs at Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, American Conservatory Theatre, and more.
- Study Abroad and Off-Campus. Lewis & Clark offers two semester-long, arts-focused programs, one in New York and one in London, that allow students to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural scenes in those historic cities.
New Student Orientation Arts Program. Incoming students may participate in a new arts-focused NSO program, learning about all that the arts have to offer at Lewis & Clark and immersing themselves in Portland’s vibrant arts scene by attending workshops, performances, museum exhibitions, and readings.