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The George Washington University (GW) and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences welcome graduates of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design to its vibrant and connected network of more than 270,000 alumni living in all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world.

Alumni of the Corcoran College play a key role in preserving and strengthening the Corcoran legacy and ensuring its bright future. We invite Corcoran graduates to become engaged members of the GW community by participating in our regional, international and affinity alumni networks, connecting with current Corcoran School students through our student alumni programs and career services, and staying in touch with Corcoran School faculty, academic departments and programs.

Corcoran graduates can also provide philanthropic leadership in ways large and small to enable the Corcoran School to achieve the next level of excellence.

We look forward to having you as part of the GW alumni community. For more information on GW alumni benefits, such as course audit, and how to get involved, please visit GW Alumni

For more information on ways to get involved, please contact Columbian College Alumni Programs at [email protected]

Lifelong Learning

The GW Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are committed to enhancing the university’s mission to provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities, including:

Career & Networking

Alumni can also participate in a number of different career and networking groups.

  • Virtual Networking allows alumni to speed-network from wherever they are: home, office, library, even on the road. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network with Colonials from more than 40 countries.
  • GW’s Industry Networks provide opportunities to connect with fellow alumni through both virtual and in-person networking programs. Not bound by geographic region, current workplace or degree, industry networks are the perfect way to meet fellow alumni in your professional area of your choosing.

Notable Alumni

Avi Gupta, Offerings, 2011, archival pigment print

Avi Gupta

Avi Gupta, BFA Photography, 2002, captures minimal, desaturated images of objects that reference human activity and is photography director at US News & World Report.

Offerings, 2011, archival pigment print

Tim Gunn at Graduation

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn, BFA Sculpture, 1974, Honorary Doctorate, 2009, is a fashion and television personality whose mentor role on the TV reality show Project Runway has made him a sartorial icon. He has written four books and received an Emmy.

Stay Connected

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    Connect with the GW and Corcoran community by joining our various LinkedIn groups and participating in our monthly GW LinkedIn Virtual Networking Hour.

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    The Office of Alumni Relations invites Corcoran School alumni to attend events nationwide throughout the year, including local meet-ups, Alumni Weekend and more.

Alumni Work

Banksy Does New York

Chris Moukarbel

Documentary filmmaker and Corcoran School alumnus Chris Moukarbel, Fine Art BFA ’04, could not have asked for better footage for the opening sequence of his HBO documentary film, Banksy Does New York. The film centers on the impact of Banksy on the city during his month-long residency in October 2013. The film premiered on HBO November 2014 with numerous accolades for its originality because it is almost entirely based on footage generated from New York’s social media landscape.

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Sam Corum

Corcoran alumnus Sam Corum, Fine Art Photography BFA ’12, watched images of the turmoil unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, flash across his TV screen. He was shocked by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a young black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer. As the protest and the police response escalated, Corum, a military photographer turned freelance photojournalist, felt compelled to document what was clearly history in the making. He packed his cameras, rearranged prior commitments and hopped in his car for the 13-hour drive to St. Louis. Read more about Corum's efforts to find a narrative for Ferguson.

Maggie Contreras BA Theatre 2006

Maggie Contreras

Actor and producer Maggie Contreras graduated from the Corcoran theatre program in 2006, and has many stories about her time here and that her professors had a lifelong impact on her. Since graduation, Contreras has taken the film community by storm as the producer of Gilbert, a documentary following the life and experiences of legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, was bought by Hulu and has received praises from the likes of Judd Apatow and Rolling Stone.