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 degree programs in art history, graphic design, photography, and studio art, as well as an array of elective courses.

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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.

Queer Threads Visiting Artists Fall 2020

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Nina Simone (Mississippi Goddam, 1968), 2019

In conjunction with Queer Threads, Curious Spaces — a multi-venue suite of exhibitions in DC this fall — a series of lectures by past, present, proto, and future Queer Threads artists:

  • T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, September 17, 6 p.m. ET
  • Paolo Arao, October 1, 6 p.m. ET
  • Oliver Herring, October 15, 6 p.m. ET
  • Sheila Pepe, October 29, 6 p.m. ET
  • Angela Hennessy, November 12, 6 p.m. ET
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