This site is maintained by the art history graduate students at American University. We feature graduate students’ research travels, faculty publications, department lectures and conferences, alumni success, undergraduate internships, and more. In addition to following this site, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter to stay up to date with AU art history news.
The department offers a minor, BA, MA, and a combined BA/MA in art history. With approximately 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate students active in the program each year, the Art History Program is a close-knit community, and all students receive faculty mentorship throughout their time at AU. Our outstanding professors are leaders in their field with specialties including Italian Art, Northern European Art, Modern European Art, American Art, and Asian Art. We also offer several courses in museum studies and encourage all art history students to intern at the AU Museum or at one of the many prestigious museums in the DC area. The department is also known for its biennial Feminist Art History Conference which builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. Interested students can learn more about the department, our MA program, our faculty, and apply to the university.
Katzen Arts Center
The Art History Program is located in a dramatically designed post-modernist building, the Katzen Art Center, which offers cutting-edge facilities. Within Katzen, students can visit the Visual Resources Center (VRC) for imaging, research consultation, print resources on the arts and graphic design, and audio/video equipment. The building is also home to the American University Museum. It is the region’s largest university facility for exhibiting art, the museum has a permanent collection that highlights AU’s Watkins Collection and The Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, in addition to our Alper Initiative for Washington Art. Other world-renowned museums are just a Metro ride away, with the Tenleytown Metro stop accessible by a short walk or free shuttle bus service from campus.