Exhibitions & Events

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design provides a year-round forum for the exhibition of work by students and visiting artists. In addition, graduating seniors and graduate students have the opportunity to exhibit the culmination of their Corcoran School studies in a thesis exhibition titled NEXT at the end of the academic school year. Most of these events and exhibits are open to the public.

Signature Events

  • NEXT signage inside the Corcoran

    NEXT Exhibition

    The NEXT thesis exhibition is the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students. Each degree program at the Corcoran requires students to successfully complete a thesis project and then collaborate for a building-wide exhibition.

    Discover the NEXT
  • National Portfolio Day Promo
    National Portfolio Day

    National Portfolio Day

    High school students interested in studying art and/or design at the college level are encouraged to attend National Portfolio Day at the Corcoran School. This educational event for emerging artists brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their programs. 

    Learn how it works

Other Corcoran Events

Graffiti decorates the wall behind an abandoned TV

Atrium Exhibition

Wildcat Hauling: Working with Waste in Public Space, the latest installation by FICTILIS, will be showing in the Atrium Gallery from February 5 to March 20. 

Painting of a barechested youth against a floral background

Griffin Gallery

The Griffin Gallery aims to showcase the controversial, personal and uncensored. Run by Corcoran students for Corcoran students, the gallery provides a platform for innovative displays of multidimensional student work. As a result, the Griffin Gallery maintains a safe space to celebrate the diverse perspectives at the Corcoran School.

Blue Wings

Blue Wings

The Blue Wings Project brings together writers and artists of all disciplines to explore and make cross-national connections. The project is lead by the Corcoran School New Media Photojournalism Master of Arts program in collaboration with the Afghan Women's Writing Project .

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists

The Corcoran School extends the roster of its dynamic faculty by arranging for appearances by professionals from around the world who have achieved excellence in their fields. Coming from the art and design worlds as well as literature, journalism, media, culture, entertainment and fashion, these visiting artists enrich the Corcoran community with fresh perspectives and intensive interactions with students and faculty. Through these guests, students and the public alike engage with issues relevant to visual culture today.