Exhibitions on view in the Katzen Arts Center rotate throughout the academic year, in the Rotunda, Kreeger Lobby, and other parts of the building. Recent exhibitions include student artwork from AU's Studio Art program, works by local artists, and external rentals. Exhibitions on view in the Katzen Arts Center differ from the exhibitions hosted in the AU Museum.
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 center provides state-of-the-art instructional, exhibition, and performance space for all the arts disciplines.
The Center features the extraordinary 30,000 square foot AU Museum, directed by Jack Rasmussen, 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, the collection of Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen, the Corcoran Legacy Collection, and the Alper Initiative for Washington Art.
The Katzen Arts Center stands as a clear statement to the community that there exists a place where the arts are honored as an essential part of higher education. That place is American University.