Studio Art

American University

Studio Art

The American University Art Department provides students with the tools to ambitiously engage historical and contemporary criteria for making art. Come work with our professional, dedicated, and innovative faculty in a city where you will have access to internationally renowned museums and galleries. The Katzen Arts Center provides students with fully equipped, state of the art facilities where students can thrive in flexible graduate and undergraduate programs that offer sculpture, painting, video, digital photography, drawing, printmaking, expanded media and special topics courses.

Katzen Arts Center at nighttime

MFA students exhibit their work annually in the American University Museum, travel with faculty to New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore and may choose to spend a summer in our MFA Berlin program. Our visiting artist series brings high profile artists from around the country to the Katzen Art Center and American University Museum for public lectures, exhibitions and graduate studio visits. 

Sculpture by Holly Trout in American University Museum

For more information on our programs:

MFA Alumni Features

  • Ambre Kelly - Artist and Co-Founder of Spring Break Art Fair
  • Julia Rommel - Artist represented by Bureau NYC and Overduin & Co LA
  • Allison Hall - Artist represented by Galerie Gisela Clement, Germany 
  • Cara Ober - Artist and Founder of B'More Art 
  • Dan Steinhilber - Solo Museum Exhibition at the Hirschhorn Museum, DC

Washington DC Museums & Galleries

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Washington, DC offers an unsurpassed level of world class museums, most of which offer free admission and are within a 20 minute metrorail ride from our studio facilities. From the Phillips Collection (which was America's first museum of Modern Art and the place where American University's Art programs emerged more than a century ago) to the East and West buildings of National Gallery of Art; From the Hirshhorn and the National Museum of African Art to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, these amazing institutions act as a vital component of our students' experience in Washington, DC.  The American University Museum at the Katzen Center has become one of the leading museums of contemporary art in the region. Additionally there are many thriving spaces and fellowship opportunities for emerging artists.

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. 
  • Paolo Arao, October 1, 6 p.m. 
  • Oliver Herring, October 15, 6 p.m.
  • Sheila Pepe, October 29, 6 p.m.
  • Angela Hennessy, November 12, 6 p.m.
  • Registration & Artist Bios
Tim Doud and Zoe Charlton


Digital Poster-Design Contest Around Antiracism and Election 2020

Learn more

PhoCo at Home:
Fall 2020 Artist Talks

Phoco at home series.AU Photo Collective cosponsors a series of weekly Zoom photographer talks, Wednesday nights at 8:00 — see PhoCo at Home for event details:

  • September 30: Alexandra Silverthorne
  • October 7: Janette Beckman 
  • October 14: Chan Chao
  • October 21: Reggie Cunningham 
  • October 28: Odette England 
  • November 11: Nakeya Brown

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Katzen Arts Center

New Photography BA

A collaboration between CAS and SOC, this new degress creates a comprehensive artistic, technical, and interdisciplinary approach to photography and prepares you for careers in

  • Fine Art Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Commercial Photography

Study abroad opportunities in Prague and Berlin are available.

Photography Major

Painting by Deborah Kahn

Faculty Emeritus Deborah Kahn - Recent Interview

Read Deborah Kahn's recent interview in Painting Perceptions!

Painting Perceptions

Tim Doud, Caitlin Price and Lynn Meyers

Professor Tim Doud, founds STABLE

Professor Tim Doud has joined with other local artists Caitlin Teal-Price and Linn Meyers to found the new D.C. arts space STABLE. They are featured in the current Wasington City Paper. Read more about the new studios, gallery and programming in the works!

Stable: New Arts Space