The Catholic University of America

Department of Art

The Department of Art at The Catholic University of America offers two baccalaureate courses of study: one leading to a B.A. in Art History, another leading to a B.A. in Studio Art. Together, these programs are devoted to nurturing the production and understanding of artistic expression with the belief that art and culture are one, and that exposure to the visual arts is an essential component of every liberal education. 
Our goal of fostering a greater appreciation of the arts is especially fitting at The Catholic University of America, given both the historic tradition of brilliant art patronage by the Catholic Church, and the outstanding resources of Washington, D.C. Through courses both within and outside the department, art majors are provided with a broad introduction into the practice, theory, and appreciation of the arts.
The Department of Art has responded to the growth in creative digital technology in artists’ studios and in the modern workforce by offering a series of classes in the digital arts, including digital photography, cell phone photography, video production, 3-D sculpting, screen printing, graphic design, and web design. These classes utilize the most advanced professional design software and are held in the department’s new state-of-the-art digital lab.

CUA Art Professor Jonathan Monaghan wins The Trawick Prize Ruby Award

The Trawick Prize Ruby Award is a $10,000 cash prize commemorating 15 years of the esteemed art competition. Trawick Prize Grand Prize winners from the past 15 years showed their work in a group exhibition at the Alper Initiative for Washington Art located at the American University Museum. Jonathan was honored with Best in Show at the celebration. Congratulations, Professor Monaghan! 

After Fabergé- Jonathan Monaghan at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD 12 Nov 2017 thru 24 June 2018


Jonathan Monagahan, Assistant Professor at the Catholic University Department of Art has an exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. His show, After Fabergé, runs concurrently with Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition at the Walters. Speaking of the influence of the Walters and the Fabergé eggs, Monaghan says, "After I arrived at the University of Maryland for graduate school, the first place I went to was the Walters. I saw the Fabergé eggs and I was blown away by the level of craft and detail; they take on an almost otherworldly presence."


This August, Pope Francis' prayer intention is for artists:

"That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation."


"The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.
When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love.
That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation."
In light of the Pope's August prayer intentions, we invite you to listen as well to two interviews from August 9, 2017 with CUA Art Department Chair, Dr. Nora Heimann, about the role of the Church in supporting the arts throughout history. One appeared on EWTN's "Morning Glory" Radio Show (time cue is minute 47:00); the second on EWTN's News Nightly TV Show.


Sistine Chapel Choir to Perform Tonite

Please join the Art Department in welcoming to campus the Sistine Chapel Choir as they perform for free at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this evening, Wednesday September 20 at 6:00PM in the Upper Church.  The choir is the oldest extant choir in the world, having been formed in the 7th century. For those of you interested in learning more about the choir, please see a CBS 60 Minutes interview conducted in December 2016:

As well, for those interested in learning more about the current U.S. tour of the "Pope's Choir," here is an article about their U.S. tour that appeared earlier this week in the National Catholic Register, Enjoy the show. It will be splendid and sacred.

CUA Art Department Professor Invited to Prestigious Italian Sculpture Project

Jonathan Monaghan, Assistant Professor in the CUA Art Department was invited to attend the Digital Stone Project (DSP) in Gramolazzo, Italy this past June. One of only 13 university educators and students chosen world-wide, Jonathan created the piece below, made from marble and rendered via 3D digital imaging. Read more about Jonathan's month in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany in This Week at CUA.


Art Dept Instructor in Exciting Local Show

Bev Ress, Instructor of Drawing and Painting in the CUA Art Department, is a featured artist in INTERDISCIPLINARIUM, an exhibition sponsored by the Arlington Arts Center. The exhibition runs through September and presents art as a vital instrument in our understanding of other disciplines such as natural history, ecology, botany, dance and music. Please support our own Bev Ress and a wonderful local art gallery. On view: June 24 - October 1, 2017.


Exciting fall 2017 Classes

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Jonathan Monaghan Wins CUA New Faculty Scholar Award

Jonathan MonaghanJonathan Monaghan was awarded one of three prestigious Provost's awards for faculty excellence at this spring's inaugural CUA Research Day.

> Read more about Jonathan's award 

> For more information about Jonathan's work, see an interview in CUA Magazine


Student Perspectives: Mary in the Art of Modern & Old Masters

"Student Perspectives: Mary in the Art of Modern and Old Masters" is a collaborative online exhibition co-curated by five of our art history majors. The exhibition features important art works that illustrate some of the myriad ways that Mary’s image has inspired artists throughout the ages, at the same time that it demonstrates how Mary has continued to inspire viewers, students and scholars alike of art and faith today.

Check out the online exhibition here.


Quick Nav: Department of Art


Department of Art
The Catholic University of America
Salve Regina Hall
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington DC 20064

Phone: 202-319-5282
Fax: 202-319-6390

Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm


Contact Us

Department of Art
The Catholic University of America
Salve Regina Hall
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington DC 20064

Phone: 202-319-5282
Fax: 202-319-6390

Main Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm


Lindsey Whalen


Senior Art Exhibition

Salve Regina Gallery

November 30, 2017 - January 15, 2018


Jonathan Monaghan

After Fabergé 

Walters Art Museum 

Baltimore, MD

November 12, 2017 -June 24, 2018

Faculty Spotlight

Art Department Chair and Associate Professor Nora M. Heimann was featured in a Catholic University on-line article, "Nora Heimann: A Catholic Mind for Art".

Student Spotlight

Recent CUA alum Caileigh Nerney (B.A. Studio Art, 2017) will be featured in Academy 2017, the 17th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by MFA/BFA students in the Washington/Baltimore area. The event will be held at Connersmith Gallery in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Caileigh! 

Recent CUA Alum Selina Donahue (B.A. Studio Art, 2017) will present her 3D Animated Short: "Through a Mirror, Darkly #2" at the "Art and the Environment" event held at Canal Park Cube in Washington, DC. 

Recent CUA alum Lucas Matheson (B.A. Art History and Philosophy, 2016) had an article published this summer in the online edition of ArtForum, one the leading international  monthly journals on contemporary art, Complimenti, Lucas!

Class Spotlight

Lorena Bradford, Ph.D., a lecturer in the CUA Art Department and Manager of Accessible Programs at the National Gallery of Art, taught a spring 2017 class,CUA@NGA- Renaissance Masterworks. Read the story here.

Art class