Alumni Notes - 2023

Exhibition Design

Nora Neely (MA ‘22) was featured in a Hyperallergic article, where she discussed her experience as a stagehand working on Roger Waters’ tour, “This is Not a Drill.”

Fine Arts

Myra Barraza (BFA ‘91) was selected on the shortlist to exhibit in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, a prestigious annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.


Dane Austin

Dane Austin (BFA ‘09) was listed among House Beautiful’s Class of 2022 "Next Wave Designers." He is one of thirteen in the class, consisting of promising and talented designers in the industry.



Larry Cook

Larry Cook (MFA ‘13) hosted Tradewinds, an exhibit that approaches DC’s Go-Go music club culture from dual angles of photography and soundscape.


Marricarmen Diaz

Maricarmen Solis Diaz (B.F.A. '22) was featured in GW's short documentary, A DREAM REALIZED.



Yacine Fall

Yacine Tilala Fall (BFA ‘19) was featured in the Washington Project for the Arts, where she presented Being/Becoming: The Act of Portraiture, a group exhibition exploring the self.


Lizzie Rad

Lizzie Grover Rad (B.F.A. ’14) and Beatrice Fischel-Bock (B.F.A. ’13) were featured in GW Magazine discussing their professional journey together.


Lionel White III

Lionel Frazier White III (BFA in Fine Arts '18) hosted an exhibition with Hamiltonian Artists in January titled "Lionel Frazier White III: Beyond the Frame."



Dajana Peric

Dajana Perić (MFA '21) showcased her exhibition, "Nine Stitches." The exhibit was a collection of different performances over the course of nine days, split into three different “cycles” to express her relationship with culture, family and trauma.

Iwonka Swenson (BA in Literature ‘98) produced, directed, and wrote “America’s Hidden Stories: CIA Museum Declassified,” which was featured on the Smithsonian Channel.

Graphic Design

Nada Abizaid

Nada Romanos Abizaid (BFA ‘93) showcased her solo exhibit, “Impressions and Biomes,” which was inspired by natural sites. It was on display in the Art League Gallery at The Torpedo Factory Art Center.



Interior Architecture

Melany McGillvray (MFA ‘22) was featured on Dezeen Magazine for a project she designed to make taking a pet for medical treatment less stressful for both the pet and owner.

Yi-Chen Chang

Yi-Chen Chang (MFA '21) had her project, "Remembrance Crematorium," selected by Dezeen Magazine to be included in an editorial roundup of student projects that examine themes relating to death, burial and the concept of an afterlife.


New Media Photojournalism or Photojournalism

Maansi Srivastava

Maansi Srivastava (BFA. '22) was selected for The New York Times 2022-2023 Photography Fellowship. This is a highly competitive, year-long fellowship that is aimed at cultivating the next generation of photographers and journalists.



Shereen Ragheb (BFA ‘22) was accepted into the Class of 2022 for the Eddie Adams Workshop, a prestigious seminar for photojournalism students.

Candace Chambers (MA ‘22), Bonnie Cash (MA  ‘21), Tierney Cross (MA ‘21) Sabrina Godin (BFA ‘22), and Maansi Srivastava (BFA ‘22) were among the few selected to participate in the annual exhibition.

Sarah Goolishian

Sarah Goolishian’s (MA ‘22) photography was featured in an article for The Guardian.



Maria Luz Bravo

María Luz Bravo (MA '18) directed a series of videos for GW, ranging from highlighting the Design and Visual Arts program to sharing the unique undergraduate experience at the Corcoran. She was also featured in The Washington Post, where her exhibit, "Glimpse, Gather" was reviewed.


Museum Studies

Maya Davis

Maya Davis (MA ‘14) was featured in an article by DCist, where she shared her experience as the Executive Director of the Riversdale House Museum.



Sara DeYoung

Sara DeYoung (MA ‘06) recently became the Head of Visitor Experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



Erin Mast (MA ‘03), Karen Vidangos (MA ‘17), Sarah Blad (MA) and Jonathan Edelman (MA ‘20) published chapters in Change is Required: Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Museum.



Ben Thornewill

Ben Thornewill (BA in Music ‘07) was featured in The Washington Post with his band, Jukebox the Ghost, which was formed at George Washington University.




Maggie Contreras

Maggie Contreras (BA in Theatre ‘08) premiered her documentary Maestra at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library with DC/DOX Festival, a documentary film festival in DC. Maestra showcases five remarkable women from different corners of the globe, united by their passion for music and their determination to break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated field.