Exhibitions & Events

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design provides a year-round forum for the exhibition of work by students and visiting artists. In addition, graduating seniors and graduate students have the opportunity to exhibit the culmination of their Corcoran School studies in a thesis exhibition titled NEXT at the end of the academic school year. Most of these events and exhibits are open to the public.


Signature Events

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    NEXT Exhibition

    The NEXT thesis 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 a thesis project and then collaborate for a building-wide exhibition.

    Discover the NEXT
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    National Portfolio Day

    National Portfolio Day

    High school students interested in studying art and/or design at the college level are encouraged to attend National Portfolio Day at the Corcoran School. This educational event for emerging artists brings together students and experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans and share information about their programs. 

    Learn how it works

Other Corcoran Events

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Atrium Exhibition

The atrium gallery is temporarily closed while we prepare for our NEXT Graduate Thesis Exhibition. NEXT runs April 6-May 15. Public hours are Wednesdays 10AM-9PM, and Thursdays through Sundays, 10AM-4PM.

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Griffin Gallery

The Griffin Gallery aims to showcase the controversial, personal and uncensored. Run by Corcoran students for Corcoran students, the gallery provides a platform for innovative displays of multidimensional student work. As a result, the Griffin Gallery maintains a safe space to celebrate the diverse perspectives at the Corcoran School.