December 11, 2020
Here is an update on the spring semester to come at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. As we did in the fall, we pledge throughout the semester to continue to build our community through our classes, through virtual community meetings, artist and scholar talks, performances and events. It continues to be our goal to provide interactive learning experiences for all our students, regardless of the delivery method.
August 25, 2020
Frequently asked questions from Corcoran students from both of our town halls on August 19-20, 2020. If you don’t see your question answered, please send a note to your program contacts or to [email protected] and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. You can also watch the town halls below:
August 17, 2020
Originally published on Medium, August 2, 2020
by Sara Jamshidi, Undergraduate Director & Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Corcoran
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE DOING
Master Class With Laura Linney
The Academy of Classical Acting hosted a master class earlier this fall with actress Laura Linney, who spent several hours working on acting and text analysis with our students. Thanks for being an inspiration to our actors, Laura!
WHAT OUR FACULTY ARE DOING
All Together Now
Professor Dean Kessmann’s photographs will be featured in the exhibition “All Together Now” at De Novo Gallery in Northeast D.C., which ran from November 9th until December 14th, 2019.
Professor Sham Takes On Innovation
Assistant Professor of Innovation Arts James Sham is an interdisciplinary artist whose research includes themes of translation, performance, social practice and innovation. He is the inventor of a newly published innovation in the field of photovoltaics - the patent-pending "Solar Paper." Currently, Professor Sham is being featured in "Appealing to the Populous" - the international art and science exhibition for evolutionary biology in Berlin.
As winter approaches and the temperature cools down, what better way to get comfy than a snuggie designed for 30 people?! Our Innovation Arts professor James Sham, along with production design MFA student Rhea Roland, have created the Megasnuggie as a tool for breaking down inhibitions and staying warm at the same time, too.
3D printing is pretty cool… but what if you could “print” your landscaping? Professor James Sham and Mark Jennings, a first year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering, decided to find out by building Bloombot, a device where you can create the landscaping of your dreams by planting bulbs, seeds and other vegetation into prescribed patterns. What’s possible in your own backyard?
How A Choreographer Sees Art In A New Way, Through Dance
Professor of Dance, Dana Tai Soon Burgess was recently featured in the Washington Post's article, "How a choreographer sees art in a new way, through dance." Burgess, the National Portrait Gallery's first choreographer in residence, worked on creating a dance based on the exhibition "One Life: Sylvia Plath," which his troupe performed on December 7th and 10th. National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet describes Burgess as a "treasure" and says, "Our goal is to bring a sense of emotion about who we are as humans into the Portrait Gallery."
WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE DOING
Courage in journalism: Corcoran alumna honored for her visual storytelling
Zoeann Murphy (CORC MA ’14) doesn’t shy away from intense situations. In fact, she heads right for them.
Over the last 16 years as a photographer and video journalist, she’s traveled across the U.S. and to more than 20 countries capturing images and stories that focus on humanitarian and environmental crises, and, often times, breaking news. Read more.
From Plays to Telepays
Madeline Hendricks (TRDA BA '13) has been a writer on two TV shows: “Jane the Virgin” and “Good Trouble." But she still thinks back to when she was 17 and had one of her plays performed by professional actors on Broadway.
Art Teacher Claire Smullen Joins DC Milken Educators
Claire Smullen (MA, Teaching: Art Education ’12), a middle school art teacher in D.C., received the Milken Educator Award including a $25,000 prize due to her contributions to Stuart-Hobson Middle School as well as the greater D.C. community.
Corcoran Alumna Finds Her Niche in the Counterfeit World
As an art fraud expert, Colette Loll’s (CORC MA ’09) work sits at the intersection of art and technology. Whether she’s helping private collectors, museums, companies, or law enforcement, she’s actively working to protect cultural and historical records.
Originally published by GW Alumni News on July 11, 2019. By Christine Cole.
Behind the Scenes of 'Frozen 2’
Corcoran students previewed the likely winter blockbuster with a Disney animator who created its effects. Read more.