A symphony performs in the Moss Arts Center.

Arts@VirginiaTech represents the university’s commitment to increase the presence and practice of the arts on campus. 

Launched in 2005 as an arts initiative, Arts@VirginiaTech encompasses all efforts within departments and colleges and at the university level to expand creative practice and support interdisciplinary learning, engagement, and discovery through the arts. 

The Moss Arts Center is home to both the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. 

    The Moss Arts Center at dusk

Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

With a mission to transform lives through exploration and engagement with the arts and the creative process, the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents performing and visual arts programs that serve the campus, students, and the broader community. Performances, exhibitions, and engagement activities are designed to increase participation in the arts across diverse forms, cultures, and ideas, including traditional and contemporary expressions. Collaboration, diversity, and learning are core values that extend across center programs.

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Operating at the nexus of arts, design, engineering, and science, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) is one of seven research institutes at Virginia Tech. ICAT is composed of faculty and student researchers from multiple disciplines coming together in a living laboratory that fosters creativity and promotes critical reflection. This unique research environment supports ICAT’s mission to forge a pathway between transdisciplinary research and artistic output, scientific and commercial discovery, and educational innovation.


Arts Policy Board

Under the leadership of the senior vice president and provost, the arts policy board is charged with implementation of the university’s Arts Strategic Plan, adopted in 2010. The arts policy board’s plans are facilitated by the associate provost for the arts, who serves as the central leader and advocate for the arts across campus.  

  • Mark McNamee, chair, senior vice president and provost
  • Justin Camputaro, director, Student Centers and Activities
  • Kevin Concannon, director, School of Visual Arts
  • Jack Davis, dean, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
  • Lawrence Hincker, associate vice president, University Relations
  • Ben Knapp, director, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology
  • Patty Perillo, vice president, student affairs
  • Patty Raun, department head and director, School of Performing Arts
  • Minnis Ridenour, senior fellow for resource development
  • Dwight Shelton, vice president for finance and chief financial officer
  • Elizabeth Spiller, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Ruth Waalkes, associate provost for the arts and executive director, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech