About the Corcoran School

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges the George Washington University’s (GW) academically robust programs in the arts with Corcoran’s creative and inspired scholarship. Part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields, and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the university. As such, it provides a platform for engagement that bridges creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.

The Corcoran School embodies and exemplifies what Columbian College has defined as the “engaged liberal arts,” which strives to link disparate fields and better prepare our graduates for rich, multidimensional careers in the 21st century world. The challenges society faces are diverse, requiring different modes of thought. While the Corcoran School will prepare specialists, it will also enrich the overall educational experience for the breadth of students in the GW community.

Corcoran School Programs

Corcoran School Leadership

  • Sanjit Sethi

    Sanjit Sethi, Director

    “I’m excited to see how work that we do at the Corcoran can transform the way we use creativity as a major driver for understanding communities and working to address pressing critical issues that we see around us.”

    – Sanjit Sethi, Director

Corcoran Alumni

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Christopher Cunetto

BFA Fine Art, 2010
Illustrator/Artist, Washington, D.C.

During my time as a student at the Corcoran, I sought out a variety of internships and found some really great organizations and galleries to work with, due inpart to the guidance I received from the Career Center.

Since graduation, Christopher Cunetto has become an integral member of the blossoming D.C. art scene. For starters, he is a co-founder of Boys Be Good, an artist collective that has gained notice for its cutting-edge shows. He regularly exhibits his work in galleries around town and he does illustrations for The Washington Post, among other publications. He even finds time to manage the artist membership program for Washington Project for the Arts as it opens its new home on U Street in 2015.

Eric Gregory Powell

Eric Gregory Powell

BFA Photojournalism, 2007
Photographer for Ai Wei Wei Studio, Beijing, China

Because classes are so small, you can have access to any teacher you want, even if they are not in your program.

Eric Powell has carved out his own niche in the photography business in Beijing. As an in-studio photographer for the internationally renowned artist Ai Wei Wei, Eric has traveled to New York and Venice to record the artist's installations and has aided in the production of mural-size digital images on behalf of the artist. He also puts his skills to work for magazine assignments, most frequently photographing portraits of art-world personalities. In addition, Eric is a contributing photographer for Getty Images and collaborates on photographic projects with the sculptor Not Vital. 

Gary Lockwood Mask

Gary Lockwood

BFA Fine Art, 2005
Hip Hop Artist and Designer, Los Angeles, CA

Through my years at the Corcoran, I learned that not everyone's going to 'get' the work, and that's okay.

Originally a self-taught artist in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Gary Lockwood (a.k.a. Freehand Profit) moved to Los Angeles after completing a BFA in Fine Art from the Corcoran. Once on the West Coast, he built his career at the intersection of art, fashion, design and hip-hop. On his website, visitors can buy screen-printed tees, posters and Gary's signature artwork: nonfunctional gas masks constructed from trendy sneakers. The sneaker gas-mask sculptures started in 2010, after Gary embarked on MASK365, an ambitious, self-assigned project to create one mask every day for an entire year. He credits the Corcoran's BFA curriculum with giving him the inspiration.

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The Flagg Building

The Flagg Building, an integral part of the Corcoran School's history, is currently undergoing a multi-year, multi-phase renovation.

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Corcoran Alumni

Graduates of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and alumni of the Corcoran College are invited to become engaged members of the vibrant GW alumni community.

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