Department of Art

Katzen Arts Center

American University
Washington, DC

Department of Art

The Department of Art at American University encompasses the creative activities of the fine arts, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and multimedia; the artistic applications of design; and theoretical and historical concerns of art history. We offer elective courses and degree programs in

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Mission

We provide students with the tools to understand the historical and contemporary criteria for the making of art works; foster rigorous and unique investigation; promote an environment of enthusiasm, dedication, and intensive effort; and prepare students for careers in the arts.

Abstract painting with oranges. blues, and greens

Cadmium Blue Exhibition

Rising second year MFA students present group exhibition at Portico Gallery through August 7. (Image: Jiazi Yin)

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Hyunsuk Erickson, Auspicious Energy Circle, 2021, PVC Pipe, Fabric, Yaen, Package String, Zip-tie, 550 cord, Hay. Looking through a tunnel-like sculpture

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See the Spring 2022 MFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibition from last spring at the American University Museum.

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