Gallery 102

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Gallery 102 is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions. The Student Exhibitions Committee consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester.

Gallery 102 is open M-F 9-5
**except for special events, programs, lectures, or performances**

801 22nd Street NW | Smith Hall of Art | Washington, DC 20052


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As The World Watches

Hyphen American Poster featuring photograph by artist Sheida Soleimani

Poster Design by Nicole Osborne

Gallery 102 is proud to present As The World Watches. The exhibition presents a select collection of responses to the humanitarian crisis affecting communities in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Like many other countries in our modern era, Myanmar is experiencing an increasingly fractured society and a growing radical movement within their politics. In keeping with some of history’s worst examples of conflict, the rapidly escalating violence in Myanmar is centered around religious and ethnic divisions. Recent riots have caused massive upheaval in the country, bringing long past due attention to the host of human rights issues affecting the Rohingya people.  In the wake of this flood, the world has begun to turn its focus on the true cost and scope of a modern genocide.

Chief Curator: Layla Saad

Exhibiting artists: Erika Berg, Chan Chao, Greg Constantine, Jaelin Lim, Sabra Lutz, David Page, Layla Saad, and Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy

Click here to view the exhibition press release.

On view March 5 - March 30, 2018


As The World Watches Film Screening Poster

Film Screening: Left for Dead: Myanmar's Muslim Minority

In collaboration with VICE News and Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Gallery 102 is hosting a film screening of Left for Dead: Myanmar's Muslim Minority. A post-film discussion and Q&A will include Gallery 102 curator and co-chair Layla Saad, GW Professor Christina Fink, Matthew Wells and Robert Marro.

The screening will take place on Tuesday March 27, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Elliott School of International Affairs (1957 E Street, NW) - Lindner Commons (Room 602).

The event is free and open to the public.

As The World Watches Logo

As The World Watches Closing Reception + Panel Talk

Join Gallery 102 for the closing reception and panel talk for As The World Watches on Friday March 30, 2018 form 6:00-8:00 pm.
Panelists TBA

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.



Exhibitions in Gallery 102 and beyond

Our call for proposals is currently closed. Look out for our next round in April where we will be seeking proposals for Fall 2018.

Upcoming Exhibitions @ Gallery 102

MFA Thesis: Brittni Collins
April 2 - April 13
Opening Reception: Tuesday April 3 - 6:00-8:00 pm

MFA Thesis: Laylaa Randera
April 16 - April 27
Opening Reception: TBA

BA Fine Art Senior Showcase
May 3 - May 20
Opening Reception: Thursday May 3 - 6:00-8:00 pm

Gallery 102, and other pop-up sites/maker spaces around campus, is run by the Student Exhibitions Committee, which plans and curates a series of multi-week exhibitions every semester, and hosts several programmed events focused on the arts.

All students are invited to participate in the Student Exhibitions Committee. Membership is comprised of students from the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program, Graduates and Undergraduates from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, and other interested students within the GW Community. All undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate and new members are always welcome! Please email the Gallery ([email protected]) or stop by the Main Office of Smith Hall of Art (Room 101) and fill out a committee interest form. Additionally, sign up to be included  on the email list to receive information about meetings, events, and openings.

View the Spring 2018 Meeting Schedule for the SEC (PDF).

Student Exhibitions Committee Executive Board

Co-Chairs: Maddy Henkin, Layla Saad, Dan Winter
Secretary: Mary Pat Norton
Treasurer: Luciana Cheung
Lead Preparator: MichaelAngelo Rodriguez
Preparator(s): Kitty Bell, Caroline Boyle, Bella Bucchi, Laila Karaman, Ben Epstein
Public Programming Coordinator(s): Allison Burns, Cecelia Halle

PR Team
Communications Coordinator: Peyton Bell
Social Media Manager: Samantha Carpenter
Graphic Designers: Julie Hansen, Nicole Osborne, Samantha Carpenter

Spring 2018:


Hyphen American
Hyphen American Catalogue (PDF)

As The World Watches

Fall 2017:

Corcoran Senior Photo Exhibition

Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery

Inalienable Truths


Summer 2017:

Paolo Morales: The Vulnerability of Seeking Intimacy

Regina Miele: Urban Monopoly

Asha Elana Casey: When Watching God


Spring 2017:

The Tea Project

Songs of My People: 25 Years Later




2017 Annual Awards Show


Fall 2016:


8 Stories

Series No.__

RESPONSE: Relationships & Technology


Some Assembly Required


A Home Built from Memory


Spring 2016:



Forever - is composed of Nows -


The Eidolon

High Yellow

Annual Awards Show


Fall 2015:


First Breath


So Much Depends Upon

Food for Thought

Painting Here



Spring 2015:

Soft Lab

Growing Pains

Redefining Black

Safe Space

On Time, On Accident

MFA Thesis - Ryan McDonnell

Womanhood: MFA Thesis - Shabnam Shamloo


Fall 2014:

from change to change

Chasing Down the Pour

Brown Fat

LEGAL: Branco, Gen Duarte, Nick Alive, TIKKA, Vermelho

Interpreting Icons: Re-envisioning the Exemplary

Hybrid Moments

Sensorium: The Art of Perception


Spring 2014:


Stupid Dope Moves

In Conversation with Frank Gehry: An Interchange of Inspiration

Liminal Rite [for the indigenous modern identity]

Square Footage


2014 Annual Awards Show


Fall 2013:


MK Studio

Caged In

Water Follows Salt (an MFA Exhibition)

Let Freedom Ring


Spring 2013:

2013 Annual Awards Show

Slow Food Photography

art + evolution


91 to 95 / 95 to 91 (UMass & GWU Exchange)

Extensions: A Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) Exhibition

Sandy's Stories: An Epilogue of Hurricane Sandy


Fall 2012:

12.12.12: The Last Exhibition

WED 5-10


...And the Wisdom to Know the Difference

(His)tory: Private Memories & Public History

Lost in Translation


The Fruit of Thine Labor


Spring 2012:

2012 Annual Awards Show


The Expanded Field


Absence of Presence/ Presence of Absence

A to Zany: A Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) Exhibition

Seen/ Unseen

The Faculty Show


Fall 2011:

2011 Holiday Art Sale


The Donut Show

Anywhere But Here


Secrets of Smith


Spring 2011:


2011 Annual Awards Show


Flora Forms


Constructing Alice

Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) Show 2011


Today: A Current Events Show


Fall 2010:

Found: an object reassigned

2010 Holiday Art Sale

the revolutionaries will not be digitized

Cultural Immersion

Verbal Input | Visual Output

Collective Mind

Fly Away Recipe

Between Time


Spring 2010:

Illustrations of the Akashic Records

2010 Annual Awards Show

Wake Up

...what do you say?

Escaping Intersections – Line by Line



Paint it. Sculpt it. Adobe it.: A Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) Exhibition

Trance Tunnel


Fall 2009:

~ 700–635 nm

2009 Holiday Art Sale

Conflicted Objects

Making Muses

play. games. man.

Small Show

Even Exchange


Spring 2009:

Untitled and Unsung

One to One

Computers Can't Play Jazz

2009 Annual Awards Show

On Display

Undergrad Art Show

Crowded Spaces


Fall 2008:

Fall Detritus

First Annual Holiday Sale

More Than Just

First Annual Undergraduate Juried Show





Past MFA Thesis Exhibitions:

Ryan McDonnell

Womanhood - Shabnam Shamloo

Liminal Rite [for the indigenous modern identity] - Joshua Zeis

Square Footage - Travis Beauchene

Puncture - Robin Schaefer

...And the Wisdom to Know the Difference

(His)tory: Private Memories & Public History



Flora Forms


Constructing Alice

Illustrations of the Akashic Records

Wake Up

...what do you say?

Escaping Intersections – Line by Line

Conflicted Objects

Play. Games. Man.

Even Exchange

Untitled and Unsung

One to One

Computer Can't Play Jazz