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Spring Exhibitions

Open Tue-Sun April 2 through May 29

Kevin MacDonald 

An empty booth at a diner. The façade of a suburban cottage. Factory chimneys outlined against a gray sky. These are just a few of the images rendered in color pencil, pastel, or oil paint by the artist Kevin MacDonald. For more than 30 years, MacDonald’s artwork found critical praise and popular acclaim in the Washington region and beyond. When MacDonald died of kidney cancer in 2006, he was at the height of his powers. Ten years after his passing, we are proud to be able to present the first major museum exhibition of his work.

Teenage Twisted Plot

Coinciding with a retrospective of Kevin MacDonald, the Alper Initiative presents Twisted Teenage Plot. Besides being an excellent artist, MacDonald also played in bands, most notably Twisted Teenage Plot. The Alper Initiative exhibition will showcase visual artists who played in bands in Washington in the late 70s and early 80s, including Robin Rose, Joe White, Clark Vinson Fox (aka Michael Clark), Judith Watkins Tartt, JW Mahoney, Steve Ludlum, and Michael Reidy, along with sound recordings, posters, videos, and memorabilia.

William Dunlap: Look At It - Think About It

Narrative is tricky business. Yet the telling of universal stories through art can bind us together and bring new, enhanced areas of self-understanding. William Dunlap’s assemblages of elements taken from his life, our lives, and the world around us reflect his sensuous and infectiously energetic view of life. - Jack Cowart, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Corcoran Gallery of Art

Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From?

The American University Museum presents the 3rd exhibition in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series highlighting various contemporary platforms artists and arts organizations have initiated to develop, create, and present art, and investigates current and future models of art organizing. Curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at American University, this 3rd exhibition in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series highlights the work of Elsewhere, a living museum and residency program set in a three-story former thrift store in Greensboro, NC.

American University Presents First Year MFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions

American University’s Department of Art proudly presents the work of current Master of Fine Art candidates in their first year of the Studio Arts program and MFA Thesis candidates. 

The First Year MFA exhibition will run from April 2-20, 2016
The MFA Thesis exhibition will run from April 30-May 29, 2016 


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