A transgender singer in a colorful rainbow-striped dress holds a note while standing on a staircase

NEXT Exhibition

Events, Performances and Exhibitions

NEXT 2022

Save the Date: Opening Night Celebration
April 28, 2022, 6 – 9 p.m.
500 17th Street NW

For the past decade, NEXT has been an opportunity to showcase the work and skills of the Corcoran students. Held every spring as an end-of-year thesis and capstone show, NEXT gives D.C. the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art and scholarship.

This year, NEXT will be held as a hybrid of in-person and virtual presentations from April 21 - May 15, 2022. Please join us for this year's opening night party on April 28, 2022 from 6–9 p.m., held in the atrium of the Flagg Building (500 17th Street NW). Attendees will be able to view and critique the vast displays of the end-of-year projects and appreciate the fine arts, dance performances, musical pieces, and more that the students have to offer.


What is NEXT?

The NEXT exhibition is the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students. Each degree program at the Corcoran requires students to successfully complete an end-of-year project and then collaborate with other programs to present an exhibition.

NEXT projects may take many forms—from written research papers to a series of paintings. They all represent a culmination of a student's learning experiences at the Corcoran and a glimpse of future promise. Students exhibit their theses and present pictorial and oral presentations of their projects to an audience of their peers, faculty and the George Washington University community.

NEXT began in 2011 at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design, and after a decade, the Corcoran continues to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students. Read about the first ten years of NEXT.



This particular year, the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have profoundly impacted these young artists as they both define and reflect society through creative works of art and scholarship.

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NEXT ARCHIVE 2018-2020



The 2022 NEXT FAQs page will include commonly asked questions and forms for students.