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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.

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Questions? Call 202-885-ARTS or email

Fall Events

Purchase tickets to any of our upcoming performances:
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Dancers in the Katzen Arts Center

Interference New Music Collective

Interference Concert
December 2, 7-9:30 p.m.

Interference new music collective, ensemble in residence at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, returns with a livestreamed concert with an eclectic selection of contemporary works exploring a wide range of sound environments.

Composers Antonio Forte, the Interference emerging composer artist, Jeffrey Mumford, and Steve Antosca will be joined by ensemble performers for a post-concert discussion. Featuring performers Antonio Forte, Noah Getz, Nobue Matsuoka, and Nancy Jo Snider. 

This event will be held virtually. Watch the INTERFERENCE livestream

Gallery 2021 Dancers in the Katzen Arts Center

Gallery 2021
December 4

AU Dance Program’s graduating Dance Majors present an installation of three creative research projects within the galleries of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Learn more about Gallery 2021.

AU Chorus in performance

AU Chorus
December 4 & 5

The past two years have been very difficult for choral singers.  As we return to in-person performances after a year of virtual singing, we found that the thing we were missing most was the feeling of togetherness.  To bring us back together, the American University Chorus has adopted a Danish loan-word: hygge.  An almost untranslatable concept, “hygge” is a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.  With that in mind, AU Chorus has put together a program of some of our favorite choral gems to provide some much-needed hygge.  It’s our version of snuggling up on a cold winter’s morning with a warm cup of cocoa near the fireplace with a favorite book. Buy tickets for AU Chorus.

Gallery Talk: Inside Out
December 7, 6-7 p.m.

Curator Sarah Leary presents on her exhibition Inside Out: Artists in the Studio, which features paintings, prints, and photographs by women artists drawn from the American University Museum’s permanent collection. Register for the Inside Out Gallery Talk.

This event will be held virtually. Please register to receive the Zoom link ahead of the event.

Bridging Ties: Like Lavender is to Purple

Bridging Ties: Like Lavender is to Purple
December 9, 6-7 p.m.

This virtual discussion featuring AU Professorial Lecturer Andrew Wasserman, PhD, and visual artist Amber-Robles-Gordon will explore the Womanist/Feminist nature and symbolic threads featured throughout Robles-Gordon's current exhibition Successions: Traversing US Colonialism.

The United States and other colonizers have used many tactics to dominate colonized lands. The US has annexed land, including those of indigenous American Indian tribes, and via occupation through military invasions. In the case of Puerto Rico in 1898, these lands were occupied and then "legalized" as a booty of war. Many of these stolen lands were placed under the US Armed Forces' control. Subsequently, the indigenous people lose access to their agricultural or fishing rights, sacred grounds for communing with their ancestors, and means to express their culture and vision of life. These tactics parallel the government’s need to control women, contributing to diminished quality of life.

Additionally, Robles-Gordon and Wasserman will discuss the exhibition's concern for all forms of oppression found throughout the United States and its territories. They intend to contribute to the critical global conversation regarding empowering marginalized people while challenging the current political framework.

This event will be held virtually. Please register to receive the Zoom link ahead of the event. Register for Bridging Ties.

AU Jazz band performing

AU Jazz: Fall for Jazz 2021
December 10

Fall for Jazz 2021! Join the AUJO and AUJC as they welcome special guest Herb Scott for a night of Big Band swing, funk, and straight-ahead Jazz!

Purchase tickets to AU Jazz.

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

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“Miss You Like Hell” A Virtual Hit

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