Corcoran Student, Faculty and Alumni Stories from 2023

January 12, 2024

Allison Robbert in The Washington Post

Corcoran Students

Hannah Longbottom Estrada in The Phillips Collection
Hannah Longbottom Estrada (Fine Arts '23) has been working at The Phillips Collection as the Souls Grown Deep Conservation Fellow, researching time-based media and handling works by the Guerrilla Girls most. She recently had the opportunity to display two of her lithographs at The Phillips Collection, being shown through February 16th, 2023. Finally, she’ll be starting her Keyholder Residency at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in mid-January.

Allison Robbert in The Washington Post
Allison Robbert (Photojournalism '26), published photographs in the Washington Post’s "The surprising benefits of switching to ‘lamb mowers.'" Allison pitched this story after shooting these images for a class project.

Megan Sommerfield writes for The Phillips Collection
Megan Sommerfield (Museum Studies Collections Management) recently authored a blog post for The Phillips Collection. Megan reflected on the archival processing of a sketch drawn by American impressionist Stokely Webster in 1994.

Shawn Shafner's "Acornucopia!"
Amidst the success of his exhibition series “Acornucopia!,” Shawn Shafner (Social Practice, MFA ‘24) was featured in a WAMU 88.5 article, which dove into his recent acorn-centered work. He described the experience of participating in one of his immersive exhibitions. Shafner’s project was also featured in GW Today.


Matt Eich

Matt Eich
Assistant professor of Photojournalism Matt Eich’s work was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. His work, Bird Song Over Black Water, was also included in this year’s top 10 finalists for the Arnold Newman Prize. Additionally, one of his photographs was selected for the cover of There’s Always This Year by Hanif Abdurraqib.


Andrea Kim receives recognition award
In April, Andrea Kim Neighbors, Head of Education at the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center and a part-time professor in GW’s museum studies program, received the Smithsonian's Education Achievement Award. This award recognizes her contributions to the Smithsonian, educational organizations, community scholars, and the public.

Caroline Woolard on creating a community of artists
Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement Caroline Woolard taught a fall course titled “The Art Worlds We Want,” where her students examine the scope of their art-making process, from deliberation and planning to its circulation as a completed work. In this class, students also considered how to financially maintain themselves as artists in a time when it’s increasingly difficult for artists to earn a living. Her work was featured in GW Today in August, and further explores her way of expression throughout her artistic career.

Douglas Boyce's Small Philosophies
In October, Professor Douglas Boyce premiered his new song, Small Philosophies, at this year's New American Song Concert. His third portrait album was also released on New Focus Recordings on December 8.

Professor Wassertzug in the National Chamber Ensemble
On November 4th, Professor Uri Wassertzug performed with the National Chamber Ensemble in their show Diva’s Night Out with Schubert, Strauss and More.

Professor Wood conducts the Amadeus Concerts
Orchestra Director Professor A. Scott Wood conducted the Amadeus Orchestra and invited students to attend the Amadeus Concerts' Amadeus Winds performance in October.

Dumi Right

Dumi Right presents, "Life Is What You Make It" featuring Chubb Rock, YZ, and Chuck D from Public Enemy.
In November, Corcoran ensemble leader Dumi Right made an impactful homage with the release of his latest single, "Life Is What You Make It," featuring hip-hop artists Chubb Rock, YZ, and Chuck D. This release is a gripping tribute to Hip Hop's trailblazers and pioneers, as well as a heartfelt ode to artists the culture has lost over the years.

Bibiana Obler contributes to Woven Histories
Associate Professor of Art History Bibiana Obler’s contributions are in the newly-published Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction, edited by Lynne Cooke.

Loren Kajikawa in conversation with Reiland Rabaka
In November, Program Head and Associate Director of Music Loren Kajikawa was in conversation with Reiland Rabaka at an event organized by the American Musicological Society. Kajikawa engaged in an exploration of the nature of intersectional musicology, innovation and tradition in the musicology of popular music, and the role of music in social movements.

Michelle Carlson, Allyson Vieira Shows
Several professors also showed work throughout the fall including Associate Professor Michele Carlson at "Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass" at Corning Museum of Glass and Assistant Professor Allyson Vieira’s show "You Too" at the Daniel Faria Gallery.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler at Holding Ground
Associate Professor Kerry McAleer-Keeler’s work was shown at "Holding Ground: Artists’ Books" for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The show also included works by Corcoran alumni Maricarmen Solis Diaz (BA, Fine Arts ‘22) and María Verónica San Martín (MA, Art and the Book ‘13). The artists’ books celebrate the spaces where women’s creativity blooms.

Laura Schiavo on #MuseumsareNotNeutral
Professor Laura Schiavo edited the just-published U.S. Museum Histories and the Politics of Interpretation: Never Neutral, the first collection to examine the history of museums in the United States through the lens of the political and ideological underpinnings at the heart of exhibitions, collecting and programming.

‘The Shape of Water’ at the Elliott School

‘The Shape of Water’ at the Elliott School
Erica Cusi Wortham, director of the GW Innovation Center, and Tara Scully, assistant professor of biology and director of GW’s sustainability minor, collaborated with their students to bring to life The Shape of Water, a piece made entirely from reclaimed waste, now on display at Elliott.


Corcoran Graduate Featured at Kreeger Museum
Corcoran alumni Kyrae Dawaun, B.A. '13, is one of five artists whose work was featured at the Kreeger Museum’s Doing the Work, which touched on topics relevant to daily life, including social justice and mental health.

Tina Villadolid selected for MASS MoCA residence
Tina Villadolid (MFA in Social Practice ’23) was selected to be an Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA in September 2024. Villadolid’s work focuses on exploring her Filipina heritage, as well as the legacies and narratives it has carried over time.

Andy McMillan's Mississippi River Styx
Andy McMillan, (BFA in Photojournalism ’06) premiered his first feature documentary film, Mississippi River Styx, at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film is the first collaboration between Rough House Pictures and the prestigious LA-based documentary studio XTR.

Stephen Arnold's Until Now
GW Music Alumnus Stephen Arnold debuted his second album as a bandleader in October. Their new album Until Now is "an operatic story of love, crisis, and hope, deftly supported on the journey by the sensitive and dynamic ensemble."

CatNat Dance Films
Alumnus Cathy Taister (BA in Dance, ’91) recently began running a national virtual dance festival, called CatNat Dance Films, which streams pre-recorded dance works and highlights a collection of compelling dance films featuring talented artists from across the country.