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Home of AU's performing, visual, literary, and media-based arts.

AU Arts

The arts have a prominent role at American University. Rotating exhibitions at the AU Museum in the state-of-the-art Katzen Arts Center emphasize regional, national, and international contemporary art. The Department of the Performing Arts, comprised of Arts Management, Audio Technology, Dance, Music, and Theatre/Musical Theatre, provides dynamic, connected, expressive, and fulfilling experiences for all of our majors, minors, and participating students. The Department of Art encompasses Studio Art, Art History, Game Design, Photography, and Graphic Design.

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Questions? Call 202-885-ARTS or email auarts@american.edu.

COVID-19 Update

To ensure everyone's health and safety, all guests attending AU events must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior, and a photo ID. Beginning May 23, masks are optional.

“Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines or since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines. Boosters strongly recommended.

Upcoming Arts Events

Gallery Talk: Carribean Transitions
June 11, 5 p.m.

Summer Opening Reception
June 11, 6-9 p.m.

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Series

Four times a year, the James Renwick Alliance partners with the AU Museum to bring notable American craft artists from around the country to Washington, DC for the Distinguished Artist Series, weekend events which include a Saturday Workshop and Sunday lecture.

On view at the AU Museum

Seven exhibitions run in summer 2022.

The Bridge that Carried Us Over
June 11–August 7, 2022
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

Mokha Laget: Perceptualism
June 11–August 7, 2022
Curated by Kristen Hileman

Vertiginous Matter: Jason Horowitz
June 11–August 7, 2022
Curated by Jennifer Sakai
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

The Quest for Tranquil Space: Paintings and Photograms
June 11–August 7, 2022

Caribbean Transitions
Curated by Keith Morrison
June 11–August 7, 2022

Home-Land: Exploring the American Myth
Curated by Michael Quituisaca and Alexandra Schuman
June 11–August 7, 2022

Glorious Glass: Works by Annette Lerner
April 23–May 22 and June 11–August 7, 2022

Helen Zughaib, US Capitol Building, 1990. The Capitol Building in colorful patterns.

In the AU Arts Community

Detail of Searching for Shelter No. 3, 2021. Photogram on paper, 140 x 200 cm. Courtesy Josef Achrer.

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AU Museum Summer Exhibits Open June 11

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A conductor caught in barbed wire leads a choir

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AU Chamber Singers Featured in Defiant Requiem Performance at the Strathmore Music Center

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MFA student Hyunsuk Erickson in their studio

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Studio Art MFAs Debut Thesis Exhibition in·position

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AU Orchestra and Band Play the Ukrainian Anthem

To show solidarity and support for Ukraine, the American University Orchestra and Band in Washington, DC recorded the Ukrainian National Anthem on March 2, 2022.