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A home for the visual and performing arts at American University.

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 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, Photography, and Graphic Design.

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Questions? Call 202-885-ARTS or email us.

Washington Women in Theatre

Washington Women in Theatre: 20th Anniversary Festival

June 9-12 & 15-18, 2023
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
Tickets: $10

Join us for a celebration of 20 years of WWIT with a festival of staged readings featuring playwrights from past seasons and showcase new voices of women+ playwrights in the DC community, and beyond. Learn more.


Summer Exhibits at the AU MuseumOpening June 17 | Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00–4:00
Opening Reception: June 17, 6-9 p.m.

  • At One with the Elements
    Leigh Wen, artist
    Curated by Sarah Tanguy

  • Pilar Albarracín: Take a Knife and Open My Heart
    Curated by Pia Ogea
  • Lost Europe: On the Edge of Memories
    Curated by Milena Kalinovska
  • Blue and Gray: This Era of Exile
    Artwork by Kebedech Tekleab
    Poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller
    Curated by David Keplinger
  • Rupert Garcia and the Chicano Art Movement: Prints and Posters from the Corcoran Legacy Collection

    View from Within
    Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art
    Rhoda Baer, Artist

Learn more about the upcoming Summer 2023 Exhibitions.


Rupert Garcia, Perromictlan, 1973.

In the AU Arts Community

Left–right: Buster Pratt, Kate Patterson, JP Bautista, and Michael St. Germaine. Photo by Kate Zuckerman

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Martina Loncar, It all came down with a crash, 2023

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Rasch Chinchilla in the studio

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Turning Up the Volume: AU's Women in Audio Club

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