The Artist-in-Residence Program at American University is one of the most extensive visiting artist programs in the country. It is an extraordinarily focused program bringing eight visiting faculty over a graduate students’ two years at AU. The program is designed to bring two artists-in-residence each semester, the artists’-in-residence teach two days per month for the full semester. The Artists-in-Residence Program is unique because it provides one-on-one studio visits throughout the entire semester. Our Artists-in-Residence Program is intended to offer a wide range of critical responses for our students and to foster stronger teaching and professional relationships with artists outside our faculty. Please see current Artists-in-Residence at in our Faculty Directory.
Visiting Artist/Scholar Colloquia
Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series brings important scholars, designers, and artists to talk on important topics in the arts and to develop a critical dialogue on contemporary issues in society and culture. The colloquia present artists, art historians, curators, designers, writers, and cultural thinkers who discuss a range of topics vital to the creative and critical practice of contemporary art. The Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry stimulates and broadens intellectual discourse at American University and serves as an educational resource for students and faculty. We encourage cross-disciplinary thinking among internal and external departments at American University. The repertoire of speakers is scheduled in advance of the academic year to insure integration into the classroom, to promote coordination with the American University Museum, and to stimulate audience development for the arts — see previous Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series.
There is also an extensive series of short-term visiting artists and guest speakers open to all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels short-term visiting artists present public lectures to all students as well as conduct panel discussions, seminars, and/or group critiques.
Visiting Artists also form an integral part of our summer study abroad program, MFA Studio Berlin.
Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art
In its third year, Kinetic is a dynamic lecture series generously sponsored by Dr. Darryl Atwell. Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art brings nationally recognized artists together with local artists, arts professionals, art students and the greater Washington, DC, cultural community to engage in critical dialogue about contemporary art and creative professional practices. Taking place in a high caliber academic setting, the annual lecture fosters the meaningful exchange of ideas through a fluid public lecture format and intensive student driven interactions. It is the intent of Kinetic to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of contemporary art in DC.