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‘6.13.89’ Explores Canceled Mapplethorpe Exhibition 30 Years Later

June 12, 2019
New exhibition at the Corcoran will use archival documents to tell the story of a controversy that defined the museum for a generation.
Students work directly with community clients

Fast Fashion / Slow Art: An Exhibition Conceived for a University Art Museum

May 14, 2019
Bibiana Obler, GW associate professor of art history, specializes in modern and contemporary art and craft. When The Textile Museum announced its move to GW, she was excited by the prospect of new ways to work with its collections beyond the occasional field trip.
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Sanjit Sethi Named President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design

April 30, 2019
After nearly four years as the inaugural director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University, Sanjit Sethi will become the next president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He will leave GW in July to begin his new role.

Corcoran Students Get Personal at NEXT

April 29, 2019
Margaret Wroblewski has been a daily Metro commuter for years, and like many of her fellow riders, the Olney, Md., native has had her share of unpleasant experiences. But a particularly frightening encounter with an aggressive man a few years ago pushed her from discomfort to action.
Yacine Fall with her sculpture

GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Celebrates the ‘NEXT’ Generation of Artists at Annual Exhibition

April 23, 2019
Burgeoning Corcoran artists will present projects focused on the cultures that define them, exploring current themes such as the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, harassment on the D.C. metro and family history.
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GW’s Corcoran School of Art & Design launches new MFA in social engaged art with an emphasis on public policy

April 18, 2019
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University is accepting applications to its first M.F.A. program in Social Practice.
Interdisciplinary artist Althea Rao performs "Pillar of Salt" during GW's first Arts Walk

In Photos: GW Celebrates the Arts on Campus

April 03, 2019
The George Washington University hosted its first ever Arts Walk in March, a coordinated, collaborative celebration of the arts and art venues on campus.
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Winning designs chosen for NEXT 2019!

February 21, 2019
After much consideration, students, faculty, staff and guest judges chose “In Motion” as the final design for NEXT 2019.
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Guerilla Projection Artist Brings ‘OPEN’ Dialogue to the Corcoran

February 05, 2019
Installation by Robin Bell is a prelude to the Corcoran’s upcoming retrospective on censored Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition.
Kathryn Zaremba, who graduated with a master’s degree in exhibition design from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in 20

Alumna expands company that hosts workshops for female artists in the District

February 05, 2019
When an alumna visited an old, rundown deli in Park View, she said she wanted to transform the “horrible” space into a workspace fashioned with funky wallpaper and eclectic pieces of art to bring artists around the District together.
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Guerilla Projectionist and Artist Robin Bell Opens Show Next to White House

January 30, 2019
Robin Bell, video artist, filmmaker and street projectionist, made a name for himself projecting social commentary on well-known venues in the Washington area, including phrases targeting President Donald Trump on the facade of the Trump International Hotel and fossil fuel awareness on the American Petroleum Institute.
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Gallery 102: 2018 Year in Review

January 01, 2019
Dear Gallery 102 Supporters, It has been another exciting year for us! 2018 has seen some of our strongest exhibitions yet, bringing in new artists and curators from across the globe whose work we are privileged to have hosted. We want to highlight and remember the key people who made this year possible!
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Corcoran Offers Art and Design Class Options for Continuing Learners

December 14, 2018
Painting, photography and woodworking are among classes available to non-degree students.
Image of student sketchbook during National Portfolio Day

High School Students Get Art School Application Advice at National Portfolio Day

November 19, 2018
Students showed their work to representatives from over 50 colleges of art and design.
A dancer dressed in white spins in front of a wall covered in visual art.

Transformer: A Note from Our Director

November 15, 2018
This year, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will host the Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party, an event that showcases some of D.C.’s best contemporary visual art (including more than a few from Corcoran alumni). This is statement from the Corcoran's director, Sanjit Sethi, concerning the Transformer event this Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. in the Atrium Galleries of the Corcoran Flagg Building.