Leadership; Corcoran School Grand Staircase


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.


Kym Rice

Lauren Onkey will be the new director of Columbian College's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design starting on July 12, 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.


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Kym Rice

Kym Rice is the current interim director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, beginning in July 2019 through July 2021. She will be helping with the transition when Lauren Onkey assumes her director role on July 12, 2021. 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.


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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.



Erin Kuykendall

Erin Kuykendall

Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Decorative Arts & Design History, in partnership with Smithsonian

Kevin Patton

Kevin Patton

Director of Graduate Studies, Interaction Design 

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson

Program Head, Design
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Interior Architecture





Ongoing; artist talking in front of spiked exhibit

Ongoing Exhibitions & Programming

During the last academic year, we watched in awe as student artists found creative ways to showcase their skills despite being unable to present projects in person at NEXT 2020, the end-of-year show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art, design and performance.. The community banded together, as adjunct digital lab instructor James Huckenpahler worked with students and faculty across disciplines to develop and manufacture protective gear and protocol for essential workers at GW Hospital amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As students engaged in the new experience of remote learning, they designed broadway costumes from home, viewed virtual exhibitions, and engaged with guest lecturers like DreamWorks animator Radford Sechrist. We look forward to virtual programming this fall, featuring the work of Women’s Mobile Museum and the magic of data visualization.  


Salon Doré Series on Equity

Six times a year, innovative thinkers from diverse fields gather at the Corcoran for the Salon Doré Series, where they discuss issues of equity through the lens of culture and creativity. The setting itself is 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 are 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.

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Storm in the Time of Shelter

2019-2020 William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement

Paul Rucker, the 2020-2021 Visiting Professor of Community Engagement, is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research and basic human emotions surrounding a particular subject matter.

3D Printer printing PPE

GW Community Collaborates to Produce PPEs for Hospital Workers

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

Worker cutting metal and sparks flying

Phase One of Our Renovations is Now Complete

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.

Pat Sheridan

Alum Pat Sheridan (BFA '99) Donates to Corcoran Students Facing Pandemic Hardship

Corcoran alum Pat Sheridan and his company, Modus Create, donated $10,000 in aid to Corcoran students. More