AU Arts programs encompass music, musical theatre, theatre, arts management, dance, studio art, art history, multimedia, graphic design, audio technology, and creative writing. Students have the opportunity to study with renowned faculty in one of the most artistically vibrant cities in the world.
American University's Katzen Arts Center, named for Washington area benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Katzen, 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 Katzen includes the three-story American University Museum, the Abramson Family Recital Hall, the Studio Theatre, a dance studio, an electronics studio, numerous practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, the Katzen Museum Store, and the Katzen Café.
The American University Museum is a three-story, 30,000 square-foot public museum and sculpture garden located within the arts center. The region's largest university facility for exhibiting art, the museum's permanent collection highlights the donors' holdings and AU's Watkins collection of mostly postwar American art. Rotating exhibitions emphasize regional, national, and international contemporary art. The museum is directed by Jack Rasmussen, a well-known Washington/Baltimore arts figure and AU graduate, who returned to the area after directing a museum in California.
The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m and one hour before select performing arts events in the Katzen Arts Center. The museum is closed on Mondays and university holidays. For information about group tours, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Katzen Museum Store offers a selection of books (including current and past exhibition catalogs), arts and crafts, and merchandise, much of which is derived from the museum's collection and special exhibitions. All items are carefully chosen for their educational and aesthetic quality in keeping with the museum's mission of enhancing visitor appreciation of both local and international visual arts.
The Katzen Museum Store is open Tuesday–Sunday, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and one hour before select events. The Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, a state-of-the-art, 300-seat theatre, is at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., just a short distance from AU's main campus and a few blocks from the Tenleytown-AU Metro stop (Red Line). Paid garage parking is available for patrons of all performing arts events. The garage entrance is on Van Ness Street. Please call 202-885-ARTS with questions regarding directions and parking options.