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Studio Art Facilities

Katzen Arts Center at nighttime

The Katzen Arts Center brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one 130,000 square foot space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the new center provides state-of-the-art instructional, exhibition, and performance space for all the arts disciplines. The Center features an extraordinary 30,000 square foot Museum with a variety of gallery spaces for exhibition of exciting contemporary art from the nation's capital region and the world, along with AU's own Watkins Collection and the collection of Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen. The Katzen Arts Center stands as a clear statement to the community that at the heart of the city, there exists a place where the arts are honored as the heart of higher education. That place is American University.

Building Information:

Overall building length - 660 feet
Building square footage - 130,000 square feet
Museum - 30,000 square feet
Studio/Fine Arts Space - 37,000 square feet
Performing Arts Space - 33,000 square feet
Sculpture Garden - 6,000 square feet
Parking square footage - 211,000 square feet, 550 car spaces
Support Space - 13,000 square feet

Studio Art Facilities Include:

  • 3 flexible classroom spaces for the instruction of acrylic based painting and drawing
  • 1 flexible classroom space for the instruction of advanced oil and acrylic based painting and drawing
  • a sculpture suite that contains a large flexible classroom/assembly room for the instruction of sculpture and installation; a plaster/sink casting room; and a full service woodshop with all new professional equipment and hand tools
  • a designated state of the art multimedia studio lab and classroom equipped with 15 G5 macs with the latest video and audio editing software and hardware
  • a printmaking workshop with individualized workstation ventilation, acid and solvent area with separate controlled ventilation, two presses, a digital print area, and a designated safety room
  • a ceramics studio with hand building stations, wheel stations, and two kilns
  • designated student exhibition space in main rotunda of building
  • program that makes installation projects possible within all public Katzen areas
  • 30,000 square foot AU Museum space that holds annual undergraduate, 1st year graduate, and 2nd year graduate exhibitions
  • designated graduate critique room
  • designated undergraduate communal studio for majors' independent work
  • 24 private graduate studios with round the clock access and individually controlled ventilation and track lighting
  • frame building woodshop for graduates and undergraduate majors separate from sculpture facilities
  • flexible classrooms and lecture halls with state of the art audio and projection equipment
  • state of the art lecture/recital hall
  • designated storage areas for graduate student work
  • maintained graduate and undergraduate common sink and clean up areas with fire safety storage and program provided rag service for rag recycling and solvent disposal
  • safety stations and safety monitoring program