News Archive


Public reading of "I Want a President" text

Corcoran School to Host Public Art Project That Reimagines Presidential Politics

August 23, 2016

What do you want in a president? What experiences should be reflected? What do you wish to see in government that seems impossible from where we stand now?

These are some of the questions being posed as part of the public art project I want a president … (a collective reading—DC) that will take place, in part, at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. 

Theater Professor’s New Book Explores Presidential Libraries as Performance

August 16, 2016

As a scholar of cultural performance, Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theater, wanted to explain how presidential libraries generate narratives about individual presidents, historical events and who we are as Americans.

Her latest book, Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bushexamines the funding, setting, architecture and exhibitions of presidential museums as performances and argues that these libraries not only shape our understanding of the president’s character, but create radically divergent roles for American citizens in public life.

Visiting Professor Mel Chin’s ‘In the Name of Place’ Subject of Fall Retrospective

August 02, 2016

Inaugural Visiting Professor of Community Engagement and artist Mel Chin’s collaborative project In the Name of Place, which insinuated art into the popular ‘90s TV show Melrose Place, will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Red Bull Studios in New York this fall.

ReSound artist book

2016 Art and The Book Collaborative Project Placed in Yale Library

July 12, 2016

“ReSound,” the 2016 Art and the Book graduate program's collaborative artist book project was recently placed in Yale University's Haas Arts Library Special Collections.

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Exhibition Design Student Featured in Exhibit Celebrating the Scale Model

June 30, 2016

Exhibition Design student Emily Lin’s work is currently featured in an exhibit celebrating the importance of scale models and the role they play as communication tools and creative objects in the development of design projects.

Photo of Jessica Koscielniak and shooting an event

Corcoran Alumna Wins White House News Photographer Award

June 21, 2016

As a photojournalism student at the Corcoran more than a decade ago, Jessica Koscielniak read the writing on the wall: The journalism industry was headed in a more digital direction.

Professor Clare Brown to Present on the Next Generation of Experience Designers

June 17, 2016

What’s in store for the next generation of experience designers?

That’s a question professor Clare Brown, program head for the MA in Exhibition Design program, will aim to answer during a session at the Society for Experiential Graphic Design’s (SEGD) 2016 Exhibitions & Experiences Event in August.

Photo of a Corcoran Gallery curator's journal

150 Years of Corcoran History Now Accessible to the Public

June 09, 2016

For the first time in almost 10 years, researchers and the public will be able to get a glimpse of materials documenting the nearly 150-year history of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Questions and Answers Regarding Faculty Non-Renewals and the Future of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

June 07, 2016

As many in the Corcoran community know, several weeks ago I made critical decisions regarding the non-renewal of Corcoran faculty. Since that time, I have received many throughtful and passionate responses to the recently announced changes. As I have said to those of you who have written to me, I appreciate the conviction that accompanies these concerns. Below are answers aimed at addressing many of the questions I have been receiving. As you can imagine, these questions and answers are not intended to end discussions but rather provide a point of departure for future community-­driven conversations about the future of the Corcoran.

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Corcoran Students Explore the Intersection of Art and the Rural Environment

May 20, 2016

For Daniel Martinez Gonzalez (Photojournalism) and Patrick Quinn (BFA), the summer break began with an intensive immersion in the rural landscape of the American West.

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.’”

Arts and Health Showcase poster

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.