Graduate Admitted Students Day

Corcoran Admitted Student Day Agenda — March 29, 2018

Detailed information about your program’s offerings will be included in an email invitation.

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM — Information Sessions and Classroom Observations (start times vary by program)

3:00 PM — Corcoran School of the Arts + Design Tour

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM — Corcoran Reception with Admitted Students and Faculty        

Evening Events

Marie C. Malaro Award

20th Annual Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award Symposium — 4:00 PM

Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Flagg Building (500 17th Street, NW)

Presented by the Museum Studies program, this award honors the achievements of Professor Emerita Marie Malaro, former Director of the Museum Studies program.  Each year up to three graduate students are honored for their research in the Museum Studies field.

This year, the Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award will be presented by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Catlin-Legutko will discuss that nature of decolonizing museum practice and how it creates opportunities for Wabanaki people to feel connected to the Abbe Museum, promote cultural authority, and encourage collaboration and involvement with and between tribal community members and the museum field.

Photo credit: Abbe Museum

Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center

Decorative Art + Design History’s Scholarly Currents Symposium — 5:30 PM

Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Drive SW)

Please join our Decorative Art and Design History students and faculty as we engage and celebrate the emerging scholarship of our accomplished graduate students. Each year we recognize papers that seek new perspectives in the field of object and material culture and the history of craft, fashion, design and culture. Come meet our students and faculty, and learn about this exciting field from presentation topics including fashion and identity, early American craft, popular culture, and recycled furniture design.


The reception will be held at 5:30 PM followed by short paper presentations from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Interior Architecture Lecture: Design Bitches

Design B*tches Symposium






Jack Morton Auditorium, GW School of Media and Public Affairs (805 21st St. NW) 

6:00 PM


GW's Interior Architecture Program is sponsoring its 10th Annual Distinguished Designer Lecture.  The speakers this year are architects and designers Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, co-founders of the firm "Design, Bitches."


Based in Los Angeles, Catherine and Rebecca collaborate on an international range of projects that scale from brand identity and commercial spaces to ground-up residential and cultural buildings. They experiment with materials and graphics to provide durable contemporary designs.


The event is free and open to the public. Reception will follow.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Colette Fu 

Colette Fu


Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Flagg Building (500 17th St. NW)

 7:00 PM


For the past decade, Colette Fu has been making photo based pop-up books focusing on the lives of ethnic Chinese minority groups.  Colette will speak about this body of work, her process, and how she came upon this unique art form.  Colette will also speak about her latest project, building the world’s largest pop-up book, where gallery visitors were invited to go inside.

Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. In October 2017, Colette created the world's largest – Tao Hua Yuan Ji, a 13.8 x 21 feet pop-up book that people could enter, at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Honors & Awards: Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artists,) New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. She has attended many fully funded artist residencies including those at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Macdowell Colony, Sacatar, the Vermont Studio Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University, the Millay Colony and the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity. Her solo show "Wanderer/Wonderer: the Pop-ups of Colette Fu" was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2016/17.

Migratory Tales

Migratory Tales






Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Theater

(800 21st Street NW) 

7:30 PM


Migratory Tales is an original musical theatre piece focusing on the stories of women, men, and children emigrating to the US – right now and over past centuries. Based on interviews with people who have been displaced by conflict or sought refuge for other reasons; as well as people who have been here for generations and know the stories parents and ancestors have passed down, Migratory Tales will include song and dance from the many cultures represented, as well as pieces created expressly for this production.


If you are an admitted graduate student who is unable to attend the events on Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30, please reach out to your program directly about other opportunities to visit us.