Message from the Director

Sanjit Sethi is an accomplished artist and administrator, skilled in facilitating partnerships and managing an arts organization and recognized for his "commitment to interdisciplinary work and creative problem solving," said Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ben Vinson.

"In the course of his career, he has displayed a rare sensitivity to connecting with communities and promoting art for the greater good. He is a visionary and a leader who will add richly to GW and to D.C. and be integral to Corcoran's growth."


Born in Rochester, New York, Sanjit received a BFA in 1994 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, an MFA in 1998 from the University of Georgia, and an MS in advanced visual studies in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sanjit has taught at numerous academic institutions including the Memphis College of Art, the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and California College of the Arts. His work deals with issues of nomadism, identity, the residue of labor, and memory. Sanjit has been Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) and previous to that was Director of the Center for Art and Public Life and Barclay Simpson Professor/ Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts. Sanjit is currently the Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University.

Part of the Corcoran

Sanjit says he believes the Corcoran will add cultural vibrancy to the broader university and sees his new position as an opportunity to integrate the arts at GW.

“I’m excited to see how work that we do at the Corcoran can transform the way we use creativity as a major driver for understanding communities and working to address pressing critical issues that we see around us,” he said. “The Corcoran can help transform the culture of GW and help create the next generation of global citizens.”

Message From the Director

The 2017-2018 school year has been marked by innovation and exceptional growth for the Corcoran and its students, professors and staff. The Corcoran has focused on educating the next generation of cultural leaders by instilling values of creativity, empathy and innovation to effect positive social change in their local, national and international communities. The work of our students and faculty this year is a testament of that mission. Read the full statement here.