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Artist-in-Residence Program

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. This unique program provides one-on-one studio visits throughout the entire semester and 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 our current artists-in-residence in our Faculty Directory.


Visiting Artist/Scholar Colloquia

2016 Spring Visiting Artists

2015 Fall Visiting Artists

The Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series presents 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 series stimulates and broadens intellectual discourse, encourages cross-disciplinary thinking among internal and external departments, and serves as an educational resource for students and faculty at American University. See previous Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry series.

We also have an extensive series of short-term visiting artists and guest speakers open to all students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visiting artists present public lectures to all students as well as conduct panel discussions, seminars, and/or group critiques. They also form an integral part of our summer study abroad program, MFA Studio Berlin.


Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art

This annual lecture series brings nationally recognized artists together with local artists, arts professionals, art students, and the greater DC cultural community to engage in critical dialogue about contemporary art and creative professional practices. Kinetic fosters the meaningful exchange of ideas through a fluid public lecture format and intensive student-driven interactions. Kinetic contributes to the knowledge and understanding of contemporary art in DC.

Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art is generously sponsored by Dr. Darryl Atwell.

Eisenman, Alice in Wonderland

Hilary Harnischfeger Cyclops
Hilary Harnischfeger, Cyclops, 2012

Courtney Smith, Blank Verse (Armoire), 2006