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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, 11:00AM-4:00PM. Closed Monday. Admission is free.

Yoga in the Galleries held Wednesdays, 10AM.
Weekend docent-led tours held May 11 and 18 from 2-3PM.

Special Events

June 14
Members' Preview
June 15
Summer Exhibitions Open
June 15
Gallery Talk: Maia Cruz Palileo
June 15
Summer Opening Reception
June 17
Gallery Talk: Being Here as ME
June 27
Free Parking: DMV Printmaking

Spring Exhibitions On view now

April Flanders, Filter

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

Kenneth Victor Young, Butterfly

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

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

Squire Broel, "The Rift"

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

Plaster cast of woman kneeling

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