FAQ & Resources for Students: NEXT in 2022

When is NEXT this year?

NEXT this year will be both an in-person and virtual, online experience.

Key Dates:

  • The in-person exhibition and virtual show will both launch on April 21, 2022. The opening night party will be one week later on Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6 pm - 9 pm in the atrium of the Flagg Building (500 17th Street NW).
  • Performances and symposia will also occur throughout the spring semester as part of NEXT. All graduating students are welcome to participate in the virtual NEXT website at next.corcoran.gwu.edu. Please be in touch with your thesis and capstone advisors, as well as your program heads, on how to participate.
  • The in-person exhibition, with work in the Flagg Building (500 17th Street NW) as well as throughout the Foggy Bottom campus, will be up until May 16, 2022. The website will be up for two years.
  • As of now, we hope the performances, exhibitions and celebration events will be open to the public, including all of your friends and family, but we will provide more guidance according to university policies closer to the opening night.

Read below for more details, including all the requirements for your submissions.

What is NEXT?

Over the last decade, NEXT has been held every spring as an end-of-year thesis and capstone show that gives D.C. the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art and scholarship. Visitors get to see student work in the fields of studio arts, art history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music, museum studies, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Corcoran from hosting NEXT 2020 and 2021 in person, but many student artists still found creative ways to complete or rework their projects. In 2021, for the first time in its history, NEXT was a virtual experience, with a website and online performances and shows.

NEXT started in 2011 at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The school had thesis shows before but this was the first time it was branded as NEXT. When it first started, it included just a few degrees in studio arts. Now it is open to all disciplines at the school. Read more about the history of NEXT, and see past shows.

The branding for NEXT 2022 will be created by graphic design students in a year-long class called DesignLab. The NEXT team is also creating a graduation care package for students which will be mailed to you over the summer with a t-shirt, NEXT booklet and Corcoran artistic license.

Who are my contacts at NEXT?

Your thesis professor is working closely with this year’s exhibition coordinators. Ann Norton ([email protected]) will be handling all of the NEXT performances for music, dance, and theatre. For other questions, please reach out to your advisor:

Degree Name

Level

Thesis Professor

Email

Exhibiting Degrees (Thesis or Capstone projects)

 

 

 

Exhibition Design

MA

Andrea Dietz

[email protected]

Graphic Design

BFA

Johan Severtson

[email protected]

Interaction Design

MA

Chloi Varelidi

[email protected]

 

 

Kevin Patton

[email protected]

Interior Architecture

BFA

 

 

Interior Architecture

MFA

 

 

Fine Art

BFA, BA

Allyson Vieira

[email protected]

Fine Art

MFA

Carmen Montoya

[email protected]

Fine Art Photography

BFA

Allyson Vieira

[email protected]

Photojournalism

BFA

Matt Eich

[email protected]

New Media Photojournalism

MA

Susan Sterner/Matt Eich

[email protected], [email protected]

Social Practice

MFA

Carmen Montoya

[email protected]

Interaction Design

BFA

Chloi Varelidi

[email protected]

 

 

Kevin Patton

[email protected]

Scholarly Degrees

 

 

 

Art History

BA

Alexander Dumbadze

[email protected]

 

 

Bibi Obler

[email protected]

Art History

MA

Mika Natif

[email protected]

Decorative Arts & Design History

MA

Erin Kuykendall

[email protected]

Museum Studies

MA

Laura Schiavo

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Performative Degrees (NEXT Stages)

 

 

 

Dance

BA

Maida Withers

[email protected]

 

 

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

[email protected]

Theater

BA

Matt Wilson

[email protected]

 

 

John Traub

[email protected]

 

 

Carl Gudenius

[email protected]

 

 

Jodi Kanter

[email protected]

Music

BA

Eugene Montague

[email protected]

Classical Acting

MFA

Matt Wilson

[email protected]

When is the “opening”? Is there something going up in advance?

The full NEXT exhibition and shows will launch the evening of April 21, 2021 with a party one week later on Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6 pm - 9 pm in the atrium of the Flagg Building (500 17th Street NW). The website (next.corcoran.gwu.edu) will be live around April 21, 2021 as well. As of now, we hope the performances, exhibitions and celebration events will be open to the public, including all of your friends and family, but we will provide more guidance according to university policies closer to the opening night.

How can we promote our work in “NEXT”?

After the website launches, each student will have their own website page which you can use to promote your work. Before the website launches, you can still share details about your work via postcards, social media, etc., designed by DesignLab, a group of Corcoran students.

These assets will be available at this DropBox link. This will be refreshed in Spring 2022. Feel free to use them in any way that follows the brand guidelines. You are welcome to use hashtags #NEXT2022, #CorcLife and #OnlyAtGW

There is an optional opportunity to also submit content to be featured on Corcoran’s social media after NEXT launches. You can submit this information in the final submission form.

How do you show your work in NEXT? What are the deadlines?

Please be in touch with your thesis or capstone professor for more specifics, but here is a general guide to the NEXT deadlines.

 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021:

  • Students’ final bio and headshot due (form to come)
  • Agreement for in-person exhibition due (agreement to come)

 

April 1-15, 2022 (exact dates and forms to come):

Please see the 2021 website for examples of work.

  • The submission form with final content for website + exhibition will likely include:
    • At least one image, audio or video of your work, 1080 x 1080 pixels. Up to 5.
    • Captions of all images for virtual exhibition; Label Text for in-person exhibition
    • Text about thesis or capstone project - artist statement (150-300 words)
    • LinkedIn or email
    • Opt-out option for social media promotion
    • Summer Mailing address (for graduation package)
    • Whether you would like a t-shirt and/or printed exhibition book
    • T-shirt size
  • Submission form for students not participating in NEXT (so we can still mail you gifts):
    • Summer Mailing Address
    • Whether you would like a t-shirt and/or printed exhibition book
    • T-shirt size
  • Other events (performances, symposia) may be organized by programs in this timeframe or before.

 

Note: Submission of additional content for select disciplines for the website (Interior Architecture + Exhibition Design) will be between April 20-29, 2022. This content will launch late around May 6, 2022.

Below are the requirements for the images, videos, audio, and PDFs. Note: The only kinds of materials that we can host on the website are images, videos and PDFs, but we can link to your website to show more kinds of work.

Copyright Guidance

Performance, design and studio arts professors are working on copyright guidance for students. As a general rule of thumb, be very mindful when creating recorded work not to use copyrighted music or images from other artists without permission, as we cannot feature them on the NEXT website or social media. In-person performances have different guidelines. Ask your instructor for more information.

Video Guidance

Please send your file via the form above or emailed to the exhibition coordinator. If your video has a caption file, please include it. Videos without caption files will be sent to Rev to create them as it’s an accessibility requirement for our website. The videos will be put on Corcoran’s vimeo account, so we also ask you to submit titles and descriptions.

Videos should be 1080p H.264 compression, no less than 8/10mbps. We won’t have to worry about a max mbps because H.264 will naturally compress it to a proper max limit. Students should/need to know that QuickTime has a very easy [Export As –> 1080p] feature that is a one click compressor. It’s better than just about anything else out there - Media Encoder is not great!

Audio Guidance

Submit your audio files on the final submission form along with a caption file if you have one. The school will host these files on the Corcoran SoundCloud account. Stay tuned for more guidance.

Image Guidance

We ask that you submit your files as JPG with a MINIMUM resolution of 1920 x 1080. Ideally we’d prefer 3840 x 2160 px. These numbers can also be swapped to form portrait-oriented images (1080x1920 and 2160x3840). 72ppi. The file size doesn’t matter as much because JPG is already a compressed format.

PDF Guidance

PDFs should come in at under 50MB in file size so that users with slow internet or mobile devices can download them easily enough.

If you have a truly image-heavy PDF that is over 300MB, please try compressing it. Or provide a compressed <=50MB version AND the original 300MB version and we can have links to both (low resolution for mobile and slow users and a high resolution for regular users). Email these versions of the files to our exhibition coordinator.

PDFs must be accessible. The Corcoran will spend resources after students submit the work to make sure that people with disabilities can read the PDFs, but there are a few steps that you can take to prepare work to cut down on this expense and make sure your materials are accessible. The guidelines are in great detail here and here. A few toplines:

  • Text should be searchable - if saving from a Word doc, you can save it in a certain way (outlined here).
  • The fonts in an accessible PDF must contain enough information for Acrobat to correctly extract all of the characters to text for purposes other than displaying text on the screen.
  • Use of text instead of images of text
  • Use of color combinations that provides a sufficient degree of contrast (we understand some of your work is art and interpretation, but be mindful especially around text)

Are we able to update material after launch?

 

Any updates to your work or materials should be on your personal website. We want to honor the material that you submit at graduation as a snapshot in time and a moment in your artistic journey, so we aren’t able to accommodate any revisions to your work past the submission deadline.

Unless you have given us permission to share your work on social media or elsewhere, the Corcoran will not share your work outside of the website. No individual student work will be showcased by Corcoran or its partners outside of the context of the website without your permission. When you provide us with materials, we assume you have already secured full rights and clearances for those materials.

Exhibition Design Project

Exhibition Design Project (NEXT 2020) by Veera Pfaffli, M.A. '20