The Katzen Arts Center at American University serves as a venue for visual and performing arts and includes performances as well as academic programs on the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and art history. The 130,000 square foot complex includes a three story art museum and sculpture garden, a sky-lit entrance rotunda, three performance venues, an electronics studio, 20 practice rooms, a 200 seat concert hall, rehearsal and recital halls, classrooms, and an underground parking garage. Admission is free.
The arts center exhibits 300 pieces of art that Dr. and Mrs. Katzen donated to American University in 1999. The Katzen collection includes contemporary art as well as works by 20th century painters and sculptors such as Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Red Grooms, Roy Lichtenstein, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Larry Rivers, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. In addition to the gift of their art collection, the Katzens provided $20 million for the construction of the building and gallery.