FAQ & Resources for Students NEXT in 2020

When is NEXT this year?photo of student saudering

NEXT will be from April 24th - May 16th, 2020.

When is the opening?

The opening is on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Atrium Galleries in the Flagg Building at 500 17th Street, NW. Tickets for the public, friends and family will be available in March; all GW Corcoran students can get in without an RSVP by just showing their GWID.

Here is a blurb you can send to your friends and family, along with opening night information:

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative end-of-year show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives. Visitors have the opportunity to observe thesis critiques and discussions between students in the fields of studio arts, art history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music and museum studies and faculty, while students are able to build connections with potential employers and art dealers. 

2019 NEXT Opening Reception

Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. 
Guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets. 

Exhibition can be viewed April 24 through May 16
Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.

NEXT 180

Thursday, April 23, 2020
5 – 6 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th Street NW

Before the festivities begin at 6 pm for the NEXT opening night party, join your classmates for NEXT 180! NEXT 180 features a series of rapid-fire creative presentations from graduating students across the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Each student has three minutes and nine slides (which automatically advance every 20 seconds) to enlighten, inspire and entertain. These can be dance performances or talks about any topic.

There will be voting and prizes. The event will be first-come, first-seated, with no RSVP necessary, so come early to cheer them on. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

To apply to present at NEXT 180, stay tuned for emails. The deadlines are:

February 1, 2020: NEXT 180 Nomination forms open
March 1, 2020: Nomination forms close (accepted through end of day on March 1)

March 15, 2020: NEXT 180 student selected


If selected to present, you'll be asked for:

April 20, 2020: NEXT 180 presentations due
April 23, 2020: Arrive early, at 3:30 p.m., to practice your presentation at Hammer Auditorium.
Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

What are the deadlines?

Agreement Form Due: Friday, November 22nd

NEXT 180 Nomination forms open: Saturday, February 1st

Sketch Form Due and Logistics Form submitted online: Friday, February 14th

NEXT 180 Nomination forms close: Sunday, March 1st

Label Form and Artist Statement Due: Monday, March 9th

NEXT 180 student selected: Sunday, March 15th

Installation Period: Monday, April 6th – Thursday, April 23rd

Opening of Exhibition: Thursday, April 23rd

Closing of Exhibition: Saturday, May 16th

De-Installation Period: Sunday, May 17th – Friday, May 22nd

What programs are participating in NEXT this year?

BFA Fine Art, BFA Photojournalism, BFA Photography, BFA Graphic Design, BFA Digital Media, BFA Interior Architecture, MFA Interior Architecture, MA Exhibition Design, MA Interaction Design, MFA Studio Arts and MA New Media Photojournalism will all be participating in the exhibition. In addition, for the first time this year, MA Museum Studies will be displaying their research and work in a related exhibition during NEXT.

MA Museum Studies, MA Decorative Arts & Design History and BA and MA Art History will also be having selected events throughout the spring. Music, Theater and Dance honors students will be performing throughout the months leading up to NEXT. A selection of students from these degrees will also be presenting their work at NEXT 180.


When will I be able to install?

Due to the diverse group of programs, installations will vary by department. Please consult your thesis advisor. In general, BFA Studio Art, Photography, and Photojournalism will install no later than late April. Other Design majors will install at a later date to accommodate their needs. For the BFA Studio Art, Photography and Photojournalism students, their work will be installed in an earlier window so they are able to conduct their final critiques.

What happens if I do not pick up my work after the exhibition closes? 

Your account will be charged a fee in the amount of $200.

What are the exhibition hours for NEXT?

While the exhibition is open from April 24th - May 18th, 2020, people can visit during these hours:

Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Can I still show someone my artwork outside of public hours?

Yes! If you have video or tech in your installation, please coordinate with Danielle Coates to turn on the technology before the visitor arrives.  In order to accommodate your requests, we ask that you make the request for technology to be on at least three (3) business days in advance. If you make a request after that window, it will be up to the discretion of the Exhibitions Team as to if they can accommodate the request.

Who is responsible for coordinating NEXT?

Danielle Coates (MA Exhibition Design 2019) will be working on the exhibition and NEXT 180. Any questions regarding label or logistical concerns for installation should be directed towards [email protected]. Ann Norton ([email protected]) will be handling all of the performances from music, dance and theatre.