Among the contributions that D.C. universities make to the city, the drunken masses that slosh their way through McFadden’s are a dubious one. If you’re looking for a more refined demonstration of how the colleges and the city interact, the American University Museum’s new exhibition, In Residence: The Neighbors, draws attention to the relationship between the city’s academic and arts communities. Curated by AU art professors Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud, the exhibition—the final installment in a three-part series—features work from 19 artists who teach at 13 metro-area schools. Among the highlights is Towson University professor Nora Sturges’ “Houses,” a desert scene dotted with structures that resembles Little Tikes playhouses. Its theme of transience plays well in a town where students, residents, and ideas are constantly in motion. The exhibition is on view Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1140. american.edu/cas/museum.