News Archive


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.

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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:

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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.

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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.