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.
Kym Rice is the deputy director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Director Rice succeeded Sanjit Sethi who became the President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. During her time at the Corcoran, she worked closely with faculty members to successfully elevate the arts at GW and open up creative opportunities for interdisciplinary connections across CCAS.
Director Rice has taught Museum Studies at GW since 1996 and previously served as its program director. She is a member of the CCAS Dean’s Council and in 2019 received the college’s annual award for graduate mentoring. A long-time exhibition developer and curator, Director Rice works with museums and historical organizations throughout the United States. Her award-winning exhibitions include “A Share of Honour: Virginia Women 1600-1945” for the Virginia Women’s Cultural History Project and “Taverns: For the Entertainment of Friends and Strangers” at Fraunces Tavern Museum. She teaches courses such as Exhibition Script Writing and Curatorial Research & Planning.
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
Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Decorative Arts & Design History, in partnership with Smithsonian
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
Updates from the Corcoran
What a year it has been! Many of you have bravely faced personal, professional and academic challenges. We are proud of the way you and our students have approached these challenges with grace and creativity.
In 2020-2021, the Corcoran was thrilled to announce the launch of our new Master of Arts in Interior Architecture. The program aims to create ethical, socially-conscious design thinkers and leaders in the industry of the built environment. The IA MA is now accepting applications for its inaugural class.
In addition, the Corcoran is thrilled to invite you to NEXT 2021: a dynamic, innovative, end-of-year celebration that gives students, faculty and D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art, creativity and scholarship, presented by the graduating class of 2021. This year, for the first time in its history, NEXT will be a hybrid virtual and physical experience, with outdoor installations on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus that will be on view until mid-summer 2021, as well as a website (next.corcoran.gwu.edu) where you can see students’ projects—from research papers to series of paintings to radio plays.
Although we wish we could experience this event in person, we were impressed with how students have creatively adapted to the circumstances of the times. As you’ll see, this particular year, the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have profoundly impacted these young artists. Students in last year's DesignLab, under the guidance of Professor Matt Guastaferro, and 2020 alumni Maddie Goldstein and Emily Recko, also worked hard to develop the branding for the event.
Lastly, there were some incredible student and alumni accomplishments from the past year. First-year graduate student Kaitlin Santiago built a functioning solar panel system to restore power to her Florida home after it was hit by Hurricane Sally. Undergraduate senior Julia Matsumato created Contact Tracing, an embroidered book that explores the lost sense of touch that has come about amid the pandemic, which was acquired by Gelman Library. Students conducted research on the connection between music and politics during the 2020 election season as part of Professor Loren Kajikawa's Music and Politics course. Visiting Artist Paul Rucker is working with our students on an upcoming work about economic resilience on Black Wall Street. And finally, we would like to extend a special thank you on behalf of the Corcoran community to Pat Sheridan, BFA '99, and his company Modus Create for their $10,000 gift to the GW Cares Fund for Corcoran students facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Image credit: "Look it's a fish! I caught it, see, see!," from 'The Plan' by Sidney Stevens, Fine Art BFA 2021 (velour, cotton broadcloth, wood, paper, wire, plastic)
Highlighted Past Events: Salon Doré Series on Equity
Innovative thinkers from diverse fields gathered at the Corcoran for the Salon Doré Series, where they discussed issues of equity through the lens of culture and creativity. The setting itself was a powerful symbol of inequity, a French neoclassical salon that was originally meant for the privileged. Grounded in the perspective of the performing and visual arts as important drivers of positive social change, the discussions were community-focused and wide-reaching, centering on creative problem-solving with a goal of formulating fresh, groundbreaking solutions to the pressing problems of our times.
Paul Farber, the 2020-2021 Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, is Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab. He also currently serves as Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania. More
As hospitals cope with a shortage of personal protective equipment due to increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, groups of students and faculty members from across disciplines at the George Washington University have come together to find immediate responses to the needs of health care professionals at GW Hospital. More
GW launched a multiyear, multiphase renovation of the Corcoran School's Flagg Building. After a two year process, phase one of the Flagg Building renovation is now complete with active pedagogical spaces on every floor of the building.
Corcoran alum Pat Sheridan and his company, Modus Create, donated $10,000 in aid to Corcoran students. More