Message from GW President Steven Knapp

Steven Knapp headshotMay 2015

Dear Alumni,

All of us at GW are delighted to welcome Corcoran graduates into our lifelong, worldwide community. Many of you may have questions about what that transition means, and I want to assure you that you will always have a home at the Corcoran. Our goal is to preserve and strengthen the Corcoran legacy of outstanding arts education in the heart of our nation's capital while enabling Corcoran students, faculty, and alumni to benefit from the breadth and depth of opportunities provided by a leading comprehensive university.

Corcoran faculty members and others in our Columbian College of Arts and Sciences are deeply engaged in planning for necessary repairs and improvements to the Corcoran building on 17th Street, including updating and expanding space dedicated to classrooms and studios for Corcoran students. As we envision the future, we are also working collaboratively on ways the Corcoran School can serve as a truly innovative model of arts education for the 21st century. We will update you as this process continues and welcome your feedback and engagement.

In the years to come, the Corcoran galleries will again showcase modern and contemporary art through exhibitions presented by the National Gallery of Art; the NGA also will maintain a legacy gallery that will exhibit masterpieces of the Corcoran Collection, and the university will steward the Salon Doré. In addition, shows featuring works of visiting artists as well as those of Corcoran students, faculty, and alumni; symposia; and other programming will continue the Corcoran tradition of, in Mr. Corcoran’s own words, “encouraging American genius.” We will keep you abreast of these opportunities and hope you will return to the Corcoran to participate.

In the coming months, you will also be hearing from the GW Alumni Association about the resources now available to you as members of our larger alumni community. I hope to see you soon at the Corcoran!


With best regards,
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Steven Knapp, President
The George Washington University