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Discover the NEXT: A Celebration of Student Art

Case Baumgarten sculpture

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative end-of-year show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives. Visitors have the opportunity to observe thesis critiques and discussions between students in the fields of studio arts, art history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music and museum studies and faculty, while students are able to build connections with potential employers and art dealers.


2018 NEXT Exhibition

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Exhibition can be viewed April 26 through May 20
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 - 6:00 PM

2018 NEXT Symposium

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5 - 7 PM
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

For a list of all student presenters and to RSVP, click here


2018 NEXT Theatre Senior Honors Theses

American Airman, written by senior Jonathon Benjamin, performed by a cast of ten actors as a staged reading and Pondlife, by Robert Evans, performed by Kent-Harris Repass
Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. (Pondlife); and 7:45 p.m. (American Airman)
Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. (American Airman); and 3:30 p.m. (Pondlife)
Studio XX, in Building XX, 814 20th Street NW (the re-purposed church across the street from Founding Farmers Restaurant)


2018 NEXT Dance Performance

Go! Senior Dance BFA Linda Ryan's Honor's Thesis with cast members Trevor Frantz and Emily Ritter
Friday, May 4 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 5 at 5 pm
Flagg Building Rotunda, 500 17th St NW, Washington, D.C.


2018 NEXT Music Capstone Recital

Who Am I? Constructing an Identity Through Music, Anthony Abron's Senior Capstone Recital, with Professor Patrick O'Donnell, piano
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Post Hall, Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, D.C.

What is NEXT?

The NEXT 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 an end-of-year project and then collaborate with other programs to present a building-wide exhibition in the Corcoran's many gallery spaces.

These projects may take many forms—from written research papers to a series of paintings. They all represent a culmination of a student's learning experiences at the Corcoran and a glimpse of future promise. Students exhibit their theses on the walls of the Corcoran School and present pictorial and oral presentations of their projects to an audience of their peers, faculty and the George Washington University community.

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative thesis show located in the Corcoran's historic Flagg Building. NEXT gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives. Visitors to NEXT have the unique opportunity to observe thesis critiques and discussions between students and faculty and to gain insight into the visual form-making process. It's also an opportunity to connect GW students with potential employers and art dealers.

In this new era of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, we will be incorporating all of the Corcoran School creative disciplines including the arc of events.  This year promises to be a very eventful year. Over the course over a month, we will be hosting performances, symposiums, lectures, and of course our annual exhibition.


"NEXT presents a selection of culminating projects by outstanding graduating students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. These projects take a myriad of forms - from theatrical productions to written research and presentations to installations and photography to musical concerts to design prototypes and architectural models to paintings and sculpture - which represent excellence in their respective fields and the core values of the Corcoran.  NEXT celebrates considerable intellectual and creative investment on the part of students and faculty, and is the culmination of a curriculum that helps shape the next generation of engaged artists, designers, scholars, and community builders.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is in a constant state of reinvention. We are always striving to extract the best from our students and to prepare them for a lifetime of creative engagement and cultural leadership. In the years ahead the Corcoran will continue its commitment of providing a platform to celebrate making, to push intellectual boundaries, and to shape the future of culture."

- Sanjit Sethi, Director
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design


Check out some students and work that will be exhibiting at NEXT on our featured students page!




When and where is the opening?

Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Flagg Building, 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


Why is NEXT later this year?  

With construction over the fall semester, we wanted to ensure students had enough time to prepare for the exhibition. In addition, many of the galleries were under renovation and the Exhibitions Team needs time to prepare them properly.


Which programs are participating in NEXT this year?

BFA Fine Art, BFA Photography, BFA Photojournalism, BFA Graphic Design, BFA Digital Media Design, BFA Interior Architecture, MFA Interior Design, MA Exhibition Design, MFA Fine Art, MA New Media Photojournalism, and MA Production Design will all be participating in the exhibition. MA Museum Studies, HDAD MA, BA and MA Art History will have a symposium on April 25th from 5 - 7 PM at the Hammer Auditorium, where selected students will present work alongside a keynote speaker. Music and Theater honor students will be performing throughout the months leading up to NEXT.


Who created this year's NEXT logo?  

Michael Dyer, a Corcoran alum (BFA '01) created this year's NEXT logo. He writes, "The visual identity for NEXT 2018 utilizes a wordmark wherein the monospaced letterforms can reorganize to create variants, highlighting the notions of exploration, testing, iterating, and prototyping — key ingredients in an arts education. By structuring its own basic ingredients in unexpected ways, the wordmark also suggests that simplicity and complexity can be expressed simultaneously. Order and experimentation are given equal and interdependent roles.”