The Centro Universitário Maria Antonia (CEUMA) is installed in the historic buildings where the former Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da USP – FFCL was located. In more than two decades of multidisciplinary performance, it earned its own place among the city’s cultural institutions, guided by a comprehensive education concept. Strategically located in the central region of São Paulo, in an area with a large amount of cultural and educational institutions, it serves a diverse audience.

Since 1999, Maria Antonia – as the building is known – has kept a program of art exhibitions with about 20 exhibits a year, with the general guideline of bringing together contemporary artists from different generations, providing space to the most different techniques and production areas, as well as architecture exhibitions and retrospectives that are aimed at discussing the recent past of Brazilian art.

It provides monthly short courses linked to the humanities and the arts areas in general. It also promotes lectures, debates, and workshops with experts from various parts of Brazil and abroad, as well as other events that result from the research of various units of USP and partner institutions.

It also holds the Biblioteca Gilda de Mello e Souza, which has a heritage mainly dedicated to contemporary arts and related areas. Its generating center is a collection of books on art, aesthetics and history of art that belonged to Professor Gilda, the first professor of Aesthetics at the Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da USP.

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Centro Universitário Maria Antonia

The restoration and reformation project of its facilities covers the current headquarters plus the neighbouring building, which also belonged to FFCL-USP. The construction work is on its final stage, and its project, that was awarded by the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil and the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, includes more exhibition spaces; a new auditorium for music, movies and other activities; a cafe; a bookstore; and also an internal square with vegetation, that creates a new public space, a sort of “break” in the densely built surroundings, contributing to the revitalization of the downtown area.

Por Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão Universitária

Maria Antonia
  • Diretora Lucia Maciel Barbosa de Oliveira
  • Vice-Diretor Sergio de Carvalho
  • Centro Universitário Maria Antonia
  • Rua Maria Antonia, 258 e 294 | Vila Buarque
  • São Paulo - SP
  • CEP: 01222-010
  • tel.: (11) 3123-5202
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