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American University Museum at the Katzen

Free and open to the public, 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.

AU Museum

Located on American University’s main campus at the Katzen Arts Center.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00-4:00 PM. Closed Monday. Admission is free.

Yoga in the Galleries held Wednesdays, 10AM. Resumes April 10th.
Weekend docent-led tours held April 14, 20, 21, 28 and May 4 and 18 from 2-3PM.

Special Events

April 5
Members' Preview
April 6
Forward Press Gallery Talk
April 6
Spring Opening Reception
Sundays, April 7-May 12
Drawing Portraits: Learning to See Like an Artist with Beverly Ress
April 13
DRAGCEPTION Workshop
April 18
Free Parking: Kenneth Victor Young
April 27
Family Day at the AU Museum
May 4
MFA Thesis Opening Reception & Gallery Talk
May 5
JRA Distinguished Artist Lecture: Elizabeth Brim

Spring Exhibitions On view April 6th

Blue and green paper cuts.

Forward Press: 21st century printmaking

Printmaking Legacy Project’s® first national print exhibition, Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking features ten innovative print artists from across the country who employ the finest examples of hand printed and digital techniques. They explore themes of culture, identity, religion, environment, memory, and art history. Some work in traditional forms, like lithography, intaglio, relief, and screen printing, while others explore these methods as the basis for large-scale sculpture, collage, and integrating technology into printmaking. These ten artists are changing the way American printmaking is seen and understood.

Learn more about: Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking.

The shape of a butterfly made from dots of different colors

kenneth victor young: continuum

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017) moved to Washington, DC in 1964 where he began to paint abstract forms with washed acrylics on unprimed canvas. Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery—a fusion of brilliant colors. Young's knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. His love for jazz influenced the movement and vitality of his work. He is known for his floating colored orbs—imagery that attempts to bring order to chaos and that comments on the pandemonium of life.

Learn more about: Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum

Eduardo Carrillo, Las Tropicanas, 1972–73. Oil on panel, 84 x 132 in. Crocker Art Museum, Promised Gift of Juliette Carrillo and Ruben Carrillo.

Testament of the spirit: paintings by eduardo carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo’s artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his native California and to his Mexican heritage, as well as to his early religious upbringing and respect for European traditions in art. An inspirational leader who actively challenged racism and injustice, Carrillo significantly advanced the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in California. Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo was organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.

Learn more about: Testament of the Spirit

Totemic sculpture in a landscape

Squire Broel

A selection of Broel’s life-sized to monumentally-sized totemic bronze sculptures creates space for reflection and contemplation about what it means to be human, be engaged as an individual within community and interact intentionally with the natural world. In his series of vertically oriented structures, Broel references tangible and intangible notions that resonate universally: botanical and architectural structures, environmental rhythms, physical and emotional solitude. Intentional abstraction creates a generous context for engaging with the sculptures. Allusions to historical references create a sense of timelessness and familiarity, yet the pieces exist outside the rapidly shifting visual language of stylized contemporary aesthetics.

See more about: Squire Broel.

Mixed media portrait of a woman

Peripheral Visions
Studio Art MFA First Year exhibition

On view April 6-April 24. Peripheral Visions focuses on the community as well as individuality formed in the first year of the Studio Art MFA Program, showing a group of very different artists working and learning how to grow together. The word peripheral becomes the crux in understanding the show as a collective vision, while also highlighting the distance and boundaries that exist between each individual’s studio practice. Featuring the work of Lizzi Alarcon, Basmah Alhumaid, Chelsey Anderson, Amber Cruz, Jennifer Frank, Nieko McDaniel, Matthew Russo, and Cindy Warshaw.

Learn more about: Peripheral Visions

Hand wrapped in twine

Turbulence
studio art MFA Thesis Exhibition

On view May 4-May 26, 2019. Eight emerging artists present their work as part of their 2019 MFA Thesis exhibition. This exhibition demonstrates a diversity of views on subjects that range from identity to geometric abstraction to activism. What unites the work is each artist’s challenge to expectation and perspective. Featuring artists J’han Brady, Amanda Muhlena Hays, Sarah Jarrett, Arnaud Leclere, Sonimar Maldonado, Bryan McGinnis, Guy Miller, and Veronica Salas.

Learn more about: Turbulence