News Archive


Message From the Director

May 16, 2016

Dear Corcoran Community,

As the academic year closes and you embark on your summer, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a few updates:

Mel Chin by waterfall

Mel Chin Appointed as Inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor

May 16, 2016

Artist Mel Chin will join the Corcoran as the inaugural William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement.

An MFA as a Gateway to Career Success

May 10, 2016

For Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, pursuing an MFA in Classical Acting at George Washington University was a catalyst for a career breakthrough.

After trying to make it in New York without much momentum, Keegan decided that she needed to try a different tactic, she told the Washington Post Express. “I was doing all of these things to pay rent to live in New York City,” she said. “I was actually passing up auditions because I had to work. I woke up one day and thought, ‘I think I need to restart.’”

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George Washington University Showcase to Highlight the Intersection of the Arts and Health in D.C.

May 06, 2016

The George Washington University's Seminar on Mental Health and the Arts is hosting the First Annual Arts and Health Showcase to foster relationships and collaborations between arts and health organizations at GW and the larger Washington, D.C., community. Taking place on June 10 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, the showcase will feature short, six-minute presentations by 20 individuals and groups doing work at the intersection of the arts and health.

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Artist and Filmmaker Edgar Arceneaux to Speak at Corcoran Graduation Ceremony

May 03, 2016

Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux, whose work explores the relationship between art and social space, will be the featured guest speaker at the Corcoran’s Graduation Ceremony on May 14. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design and the California Institute of the Arts, where he received a BFA and MFA respectively, Arceneaux’s drawings, installations, video and film works examine disparate histories.

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The Corcoran And Facebook Partner For Student Artist Competition

April 20, 2016

In celebration of Washington, D.C.’s Capital Pride Alliance, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is partnering with Facebook to sponsor an artist competition for students.

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Photographer and Pop-Up Paper Engineer Artist Colette Fu to Speak at the Corcoran

April 14, 2016

Pop-up book artist and photographer Colette Fu will speak about her work, much of which is inspired by her travels around the world, at the Corcoran on April 21 from 6:00-7:00 PM in Room 107.

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The Corcoran's Annual Student Thesis Exhibition Opens

April 07, 2016

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's annual thesis exhibition—NEXT—opened to the public this week.

MA Exhibition Design students at GW Research Days

Exhibition Design and Art History Students Take Top Honors at GW Research Days

April 01, 2016

Congratulations to Corcoran Masters of Art in Exhibition Design and GW Art History students for presenting at GW’s Research Days

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Corcoran Building’s Historic Doors To Be Restored

March 28, 2016

Last week, the George Washington University announced that a gift from American Express will be used to restore the Corcoran’s historic external doors.

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A Conversation with Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater

March 15, 2016

On March 22, leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater will discuss his groundbreaking work in video, photography, painting, and installation offering an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia. His talk will be from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Hammer Auditorium.

A pregnant woman holds a red balloon that reads Generation Red.

Generation _____(RED) Installation and Silent Disco

March 09, 2016

Corcoran graduate students in the Masters in Exhibition Design program have teamed up with (RED) to create an experiential concept that tells the (RED) story through physical and emotional moments centered around audience engagement. The installation, Generation ____(RED) will open on Tuesday, March 22, and run through Saturday, March 26. Public hours are Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 PM to  5:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Come discover the next generation of (RED) at the Corcoran's Rotunda Gallery.

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Blue Wings and AWWP Celebrate Afghan Women's Voices

March 03, 2016
On March 8, join Blue Wings and the Afghan Women's Writing Project as they celebrate the voices of Afghan women through Afghan poetry, music, visual arts and cuisine. The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Corcoran's Hammer Auditorium.
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Art and the Book Program Exhibit Features a Preview of ReSound

February 26, 2016
The Art and the Book Program is exhibiting work in Gallery One through March 6, 2016. The exhibition features work from students of the Art and the Book program spanning from 2015-2016, along with a special preview of ReSound, the sixth annual collaborative artists’ book project created by students of the Art and the Book Studio II course. 
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The Corcoran and ArtReach Partner for Fish Windsock Project

February 26, 2016
For the second year, the GW Corcoran School of Art printmaking department is partnering with ArtReach, 11th Street Bridge Project and the National Park Service to provide a series of screen printing and painting workshops and to host a Fish Bike Parade at the Anacostia River Festival in April. The workshops are on March 5 from noon to 4:00 PM.