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February Filled with Art, Music, Dance — and Free Tickets for Students!

The Arts at AU offer something for everyone this month

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Barbara Wilkinson on the piano, Kelly Smith Jones singing

This month, the Arts at American University offer opportunities to attend exhibition openings, examine historical intersections between art and activism, visit artist studios, experience incredible music and dance performances right here on campus, and watch the beloved cult classic Bat Boy on stage at the Greenberg Theatre.

Tickets are now free for all AU students! Reserve all tickets at the AU Arts Ticket office.

Here’s your guide to February arts highlights. It all starts with an artful evening at the Katzen Arts Center on Saturday, February 4. You’ll get to tour MFA open studios, get an early look at the new AU Museum exhibits, and listen to live music. 

Faculty Music Concert


February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Department of Performing Arts
Tickets: $10-$15, FREE for AU students 

Music faculty collaborate in a varied program that includes pieces by Eric Whitacre, William Grant Still, Golijov, Ysaye, Jessie Montgomery, and songs from The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Featuring: Kelly Smith Jones (voice), Bill Wielgus (oboe), Susan Derry (voice), Eric Dircksen (bassoon), Nancy Jo Snider (cello), Nobue Matsuoka (percussion), Kevin Jang (violin), and Barbara Wilkinson (piano).

AU Museum Winter Exhibitions

Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Ocean, 2019. From the Madayin exhibit at AU Museum. Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Ocean, 2019. Natural pigments and acrylic on eucalyptus bark, 78 11/32 x 42 17/32 inches. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.

On view February 4 | Opening Reception: February 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Upcoming exhibits include Maḏayin, the first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark painting to tour the US, photojournalism from World War II, and winners of the Trawick Prize for Contemporary Art. 

MFA Open Studios

MFA Open Studios at the Katzen Arts Center.

February 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Katzen Arts Center, Second Floor

Visit the studios of artists enrolled in AU's MFA studio art program. Meet the artists and see their works in progress. 

Visiting Artists Series: Sam Vernon

women and art

February 2, 6 p.m.
 | Katzen 201

AU Studio Art MFA Program

Interdisciplinary artist Sam Vernon studies powerful historical intersections between art and activism amidst globalization and paradigm shifts in the United States and beyond. 

Dance Program Artist-in-Residence:
Chitra Subramanian

Chitra Subramanian.

Movement Speaks – Conversations about DanceFebruary 3, 7:00 p.m. | Dance Studio (Katzen 152)

Chitra Subramanian, currently in residence with the AU Dance Company, will share a movement conversation about her work as a choreographer, performer, and artist, and the company will preview an excerpt from the new work they have been building with Chitra this week.


Bat Boy: The Musical


February 16-25 | Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

Directed by Clancey Yovanovich Department of Performing Arts 
Tickets: $10-$15, Free for AU students 

Bat Boy is an American rock musical that has become a beloved cult classic in the musical theatre world and beyond. Based on one of Weekly World News’ most sold headlines, Bat Boy heeds the tale of Edgar—the half-bat, half-American teenage boy discovered in a cave in small-town West Virginia. Though campy and comedic in style, Bat Boy explores the trials of being different, the danger in misinformation, the fear of change, the journey to acceptance—and the price we pay when that acceptance comes too late.  

Content warning: The show is a tabloid-style, tongue-in cheek musical that deals with difficult issues including othering, physical violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, murder, and suicide. 

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. Licensed under agreement with Weekly World News.