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

AU Arts

The visual and performing arts have a prominent role at American University. Rotating exhibitions at the AU Museum within the state-of-the-art Katzen Art 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.

To stay up to date on performances and events, join the AU Arts mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Call 202-885-ARTS or email

Fall Events

Dancers in the Katzen Arts Center
  • Visiting Writers Series
    September 29, 2021: Chet'la Sebree
    October 27, 2021: Danielle Evans,
    December 3, 2021: Charles Baxter
  • Winter’s Tale
    Broadcast Performance – Online [date: to be announced]
  • Overture
    October 8-9, 2021
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
    October 21-30, 2021
  • American University Chamber Singers Return
    November 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
    November 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
  • AU Workshop
    November 12, 2021
  • AU Symphonic Band
    November 14, 2021
  • Choreolab
    November 19-20, 2021
  • AU Symphonic Orchestra
    November 20-21, 2021
  • Dance Capstone
    December 4-5, 2021
  • AU Chorus
    December 4-5, 2021

At the AU Museum

Five new exhibitions run in fall 2021 addressing climate change, neuroscience, contemporary colonialism, and more. 

Visiting Artists

The Studio Art MFA program is pleased to present the 2021-2022 Visiting Artists + Scholars series, Of the Place.

  • October 22, Virtual
    Monsieur Zohore, artist
  • October 28, Virtual
    Danielle Abrams + Mary Ellen Strom, artists
  • November 6, Virtual
    Monica Jahan Bose + Lauren Bon + Jesse Ribot + Signe Wilkinson in Seeing Climate Change Symposium
  • November 7, Virtual
    James Mayhew Artist Talk
    Seeing Climate Change Symposium
  • November 17 @ AU Museum
    Artist and curator talk: Philip Brookman + Milena Kalinovska
  • November 20, Virtual, 3:00
    Artist and curator conversation: Anil Revri + Eleanor Heartney  

In the AU Arts Community

AU Design Show 2021

AU Design Show 2021

Annual celebration featuring ⭐️ students in all class levels: 29 projects from 16 designers chosen by a local and international design panel.

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Free Punch & Pie

Free Punch & Pie: MFA Thesis Show

View an exhibit of work from MFA Studio Art 2021 graduates

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Screen capture from Miss You Like Hell

Arts ·

“Miss You Like Hell” A Virtual Hit

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