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Discover the NEXT: A Celebration of Student Art

NEXT 2018

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 Opening Reception

Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. 
Guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets. 

RSVP here

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

 

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.

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 Photography, BFA Graphic Design, BFA Digital Media, BFA Interior Architecture, MFA Interior Design, MA Exhibition Design, MFA Studio Arts 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.

Want to know more about participating students and the artwork included in last year's NEXT? Take a look at our NEXT 2017 microsite!