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Spring Studio Access at the Corcoran

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.

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Student News




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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!

(At Least) A Little Something For Everyone

Read about Edith Leiva's (MA Interaction Design '21) Latin American cookies/confections company, Dulceology, as featured in GW Magazine.



Faculty News




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.

De novo gallery


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.

students in blue megasnuggie


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?

Bloombot: robot with wheels and tubes of seeds

man dancing with two women


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."


Millicent Scarlet

New Musical About Suffrage Aims To Be ‘Hamilton’ Of Women’s History

Adjunct Music professor, Millicent Scarlett, plays civil rights activist and suffragist Ida B. Wells in “19: The Musical.” More on

photo: Mikaela Lefrak/WAMU

Alumni News




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.

Zooeyann Murphy

actresses on a tv show

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.

Claire Smullen

Colette Loll

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.

Male actors performing on stage

S. Asher Gelman
MFA in Dance, '12

Gelman is the playwright of the esteemed off-Broadway show Afterglow, which Huffington Post called, "A Steamy, Stripped Down Look At Gay Intimacy."

Karen Vidangos

Karen Vidángos
MA in Museum Studies, '17

Vidángos has made a splash in the art community with her interview, "A Latina In Museums' Is Smashing Stereotypes In The Art World," where she talks about a collaborative movement of Latinas in museums all over the country.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
BA in Theatre & Dance, '98

Washington is producing a new drama series in partnership with Facebook, entitled "Five Points," which follows the lives of five high school students living on the south side of Chicago.

Jorge Vascano's sculpture, Blossom

Jorge Vascano
Fine Art, '12

Vascano's sculptures were featured in the Oscar-nominated film, If Beale Street Could Talk.  

He created some of the sculptures that appear in the film as works by the central character, Fonny.  At the end of filming, writer and director Barry Jenkins bought Vascano's sculpture, Blossoming, for his personal collection.   

Dawn Stoppiello

Dawn Stoppiello
MFA in Dance, '14

Stoppiello was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance & New Media at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where she will be teaching courses on dance for the screen & other media.





Behind the Scenes of 'Frozen 2’

Corcoran students previewed the likely winter blockbuster with a Disney animator who created its effects. Read more.

Marlon West