At the Corcoran, we focus on combining creativity, empathy and innovation to connect our creative practice to the greater good. Our leadership embodies these principles.
Lauren Onkey is the new director of Columbian College's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design as of July, 2021. Dr. Onkey brings to the Corcoran two decades of hands-on experience in the arts and cultural studies, paired with considerable scholarly achievement in her field. She most recently has served as the Senior Director at NPR Music, where she led a team of journalists, critics, videographers, and podcast makers and provided the editorial vision in creating innovative cross-platform music journalism. With her innovative vision and commitment to exploring opportunities for creative and cultural partnerships, Dr. Onkey will be a tremendous asset to the Corcoran’s students and faculty.
Mary Coughlin is the Deputy Director, Corcoran; Associate Professor and Head of Museum Studies Online Certificate. Professor Coughlin has an interest in the conservation challenges of contemporary museum collections, particularly with respect to plastic. Before coming to GW full time, she worked for five years in the Objects Conservation Laboratory of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she conserved objects as diverse as FDR’s leg braces and Star War’s C-3PO and R2-D2.
CORCORAN STRATEGIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Corcoran Strategic Advisory Council is the director's advisory body for the Corcoran. Comprised of distinguished national and international alumni, those from the philanthropic sector, and acclaimed artists and designers, the Council works to address issues impacting the growth and development of the Corcoran.
They help to promote the mission of GW and the Corcoran through their work on the Council. Members serve on a volunteer basis, typically for three-year terms.
OUR ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP
Program Head, Music
Program Head, Art History
Faculty Advisor, Exhibition Design
Program Head, Studio Arts
Director of Graduate Studies, Interaction Design
Program Head, Museum Studies
Program Head, Design
Associate Professor, New Media, Studio Arts
Program Head, Interior Architecture
Program Head, Theatre & Dance
Program Head, Classical Acting
Director of Graduate Studies, M.F.A. in Fine Arts and Social Practice
Updates from the Corcoran
What a year it has been!
For the first time in two years, the Corcoran hosted its annual NEXT end-of-year showcase in person in the spring of 2022. NEXT, which features graduating students’ projects in dance, digital media, photography, sculpture and other mediums, featured more than 70 physical exhibits, 30 performances and presentations, and dozens of virtual showcases by undergraduate and graduate students across the school. DCist reviewed the exhibition; you can still visit our virtual show.
The branding of this year's exhibit was a testament to the level of dedication our students have to their craft. Vibrant and sophisticated banners, designed by two juniors majoring in graphic design, Amanda Bohn and Alexandra Tan, beamed against the white marble of the Corcoran. Read about the brand’s celebration of nostalgia and messiness.
Corcoran also hosted “Framing Fatherhood” in the summer of 2022, curated by Dr. Imani M. Cheers of the School of Media and Public Affairs. The show centers holistic representations of Black masculinity and spotlights artists’ visions of their own peers and communities. See photos here, and watch NBC, CBS and WUSA9 coverage.
Lastly, students, faculty and alumni brought creativity and change-making to their work over the past year.
- Corcoran alumni and faculty members won Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of the January 6 insurrection. Read about the alumni at the Washington Post, and more alumni accomplishments.
- Faculty explored how the pandemic revolutionized office spaces and created works such as “A Portrait of George Takei.” Read more about faculty accomplishments.
- Graduate student Wes Holloway, M.F.A. Social Practice ’22, "used art to deconstruct stereotypes of masculinity, sexuality and body ideals.” Photojournalism student Maansi Srivastava ’22 had her photography featured in Rolling Stone, was awarded bronze in the documentary category for the College Photographer of the Year competition, and will intern at the Washington Post as a photographer following graduation. Read more about our students.
Congratulations, Corcoran community! We look forward to celebrating more of your accomplishments this year.
Aruna D’Souza, the 2022-2023 William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, writes about modern and contemporary art, intersectional feminisms and how museums shape our views. Her book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. More
The alumni shared their thoughts about their work covering the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and winning one of journalism’s most prestigious awards. More