Katzen Arts Center


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Katzen by night, photo by Jeff Watts.

The Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center

The Katzen Arts Center opened in 2005 through the generosity of Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen, and several other benefactors.

The 130,000-square-foot building on Ward Circle is home to the Department of Art and the Department of Performing Arts. It also offers generous studio and classroom space; a 30,000-square-foot gallery to showcase the Katzen and Watkins collections and works by students and visiting artists; the 200-seat Abramson Family Recital Hall; Studio Theatre; dance studio, classrooms, and offices.

The Katzen places art at the center of the AU experience and is an important addition to cultural life in Washington, D.C.

Opportunities still exist to name galleries, special exhibitions, artist studios, and performance venues, as well as to endow scholarships and professorships in the arts.

Success Story

Carol Ravenal and Nick Schmalz at the Scholarship Luncheon, photo by Jeff Watts.

Art Professor Establishes Award for Students to Travel, Explore

To Carol Bird Ravenal, PhD, travel and study are intertwined.  A professor emerita of art at the College of Arts and Sciences, she attributes her painting success to a college trip to Scandinavia and wanted to give art students the same opportunity.

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AU Museum

Indulge a love of the arts with a visit to the AU Museum, which is host to a range of exhibitions and gallery talks.

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