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American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center


The AU Museum hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art from around the globe and the Alper Initiative, a dedicated research and display space for the art history of Washington, DC. Located on American University’s main campus at the Katzen Arts Center.

George Biddle, Terai Hara, 1922.

Fall 2022 Opening September 10

Fall exhibitions feature a contemporary ceramic group exhibition, portraits from the Corcoran Legacy Collection, work by local artists, and more.

Operating Status

Closed through September 9. Fall exhibitions on view September 10–December 11. Friday-Sunday only, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

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Fall Opening Reception
September 10, 6-9 p.m.
Free and open to all

Art All Night
September 24, 7-10 p.m.
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Images (header): Installation view of Landscape in an Eroded Field, works by Carol Barsha and Heather Theresa Clark. Photo by Anne Kim. Installation view of Escape: Foon Sham. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Thomas Downing and the Sublime Decorative. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Filter by April Flanders in Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking. Photo by Gregory Staley. Installation view of Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism. Photo by Gregory Staley. Center: George Biddle, Terai Hara, 1922. Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 × 23 1/4 × 7/8 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of the artist). Right: Photo by Nick Klein. Bottom: Photo by Bruce Guthrie.