News Archive


Digital Media Design Professor Featured in 'Washington City Paper' Annual People Issue

December 08, 2016
Juana Medina, part-time professor of animation in the Digital Media Design program, was featured in Washington City Paper's annual People Issue. Out Dec. 8, the issue introduces readers to 23 of D.C.'s "most interesting folks."

New 'Books of Life' Exhibition at Gelman Library Designed by Corcoran Students

December 08, 2016
Exhibition Design students Alex Leary, Maggie Hermanson, Kathryn Scheuring, Paloma Olais and Rafan Bahkali are the creative team behind Books of Life: Resilience and the Written Word from 1933 to Today, now open at Gelman Library

Photo by Avi Gupta

Gallery 102 Presents 'A Home Built From Memory'

November 28, 2016

Gallery 102 is pleased to present A Home Built from Memory, a selection of works by five artists that explore real and constructed memories of diaspora, migration, and movement through objects, documents, and artifacts. Using photography, painting, video, and installation, these artists re-imagine and re-construct the experience of place and displacement, while considering what we bring and what we leave behind in the process.

Joel Isaak, Łuqa’ ch’k’ezdelghayi Visions of Summer

Corcoran to Host Exhibition Examining Alaskan Identity Through The Lens of Colonization

November 28, 2016

This February, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will welcome Decolonizing Alaska, a multimedia visual art exhibit featuring contemporary artists exploring and responding to Alaska’s history of colonization and its emerging influence on sustainability, both environmental and cultural.

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Fine Art Professor's Work Will Help Raise Funds for Local Reuse Nonprofit

November 23, 2016

Fine Art Professor Justin Plakas is partnering with local nonprofit reuse center Community Forklift this holiday season to help raise funds for the group’s public outreach programs. During a yearlong artist residency as part of the collaborative PLAKOOKEE, Plakas created a series of graphics and photographs that will go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 25, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Community Forklift's Home Essentials program. The program provides free home repair supplies and other household essentials to families and individuals who qualify for need-based assistance. 

Students Celebrate Addition of 20th Century Art to White House Collection

November 18, 2016

Corcoran students were among those who honored the White House Historical Association last month for its achievements in turning the White House’s Old Family Dining Room into the first room in “The People’s House” devoted entirely to 20th century art.  

A Post-Election Message from Corcoran School Director Sanjit Sethi

November 16, 2016

A week ago many of us were shocked by the outcome of the presidential election. Specifically the election of an individual who is seen by many to be a misogynist, a racist, a homophobe and a xenophobe. Since that time we have already witnessed an uptick in hateful speech in our country’s schools, streets and places of common gathering. Confronted by this reality we need to ask ourselves: What do we do? What does the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design stand for? And what is at the heart of our core DNA?

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Exhibition Exploring American Diplomacy Opens at the Corcoran

November 07, 2016

Faces of Diplomacy, a collaborative project between the U.S. Department of State and students and faculty from the Corcoran School, opens Monday, Nov. 7 at the Corcoran's Flagg Building.

Image from the series "Disenchanted"

Fine Art Photography Alumna Wins FotoWeekDC 2016 Competition

November 03, 2016
Alumna Kaitlin Jencso won FotoWeekDC's 2016 Fine Art-Series Competition for her series "Disenchanted." This is the second win for Jencso, who graduated from the Fine Art Photography program in 2012 and won FotoWeekDC's Fine Art-Series Competition in 2014. 

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Book Arts Alumni and Faculty Featured in New Exhibit Exploring Family Histories

October 26, 2016
A group of Corcoran alumni and faculty are featured in an upcoming invitational exhibit at Studio Gallery in Dupont, Divisions, Connections and Intersections: Fact and Fiction in Family Histories.

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Fine Arts Professor Receives D.C. Arts and Humanities Fellowship

October 19, 2016

Dean Kessmann, associate professor of photography and director of graduate and undergraduate studies, Fine Arts, received a 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from D.C.’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Mel Chin

The Corcoran Presents a Lecture by Visiting Professor and Artist Mel Chin

October 17, 2016
The Corcoran is excited to announce a lecture by inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement Mel Chin. 

"And You Will Never Know," will focus on mutative art-making strategies and the history and content of several artworks. With more than 40 years of experience as an artist, Mr. Chin is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multidisciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas.

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Artist Glenn Goldberg to Give Artist Talk at the Corcoran

October 17, 2016
Based in New York, Glenn Goldberg has had recent exhibitions in Los Angeles at Charlie James Gallery and in New York at FreedmanArt, Ventana 244, Jason McCoy Gallery, and Betty Cuningham Gallery. His artwork can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

Poster for Gallery 102 call for proposals

Gallery 102 Accepting Exhibition Proposals for Spring 2017 Season

October 10, 2016

Gallery 102 in Smith Hall is accepting exhibition proposals for its spring 2017 season. Proposals may be submitted by both GW/Corcoran students and outside collaborators/curators. 

Places You'll Pray by Sana Ullah

Photojournalism Student’s Work on American Muslim Identity Featured in BuzzFeed

September 23, 2016

New Media Photojournalism student Sana Ullah is looking at the way American Muslims pray in public in her photos series "Places You’ll Pray," which was recently featured in BuzzFeed.