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NEXT Exhibition

Events, Performances and Exhibitions

2020 NEXT EXHIBITION is canceled, but please stay tuned for our next steps.

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Exhibition can be viewed April 24 through May 16, 2020
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 – 6:00 PM


2020 NEXT Opening Reception

Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets.

See last year's NEXT: A Virtual Tour


Read about last year's featured students, a selection of outstanding artists, designers, performers and scholars from 2019's end-of-year show.


Amina Javed


Discover NEXT: A Celebration of Student Art

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative end-of-year show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives. Visitors have the opportunity to observe thesis critiques and discussions between students in the fields of studio arts, art history, decorative arts and design history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music and museum studies and faculty, while students are able to build connections with potential employers and art dealers.


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 a building-wide exhibition in the Corcoran's many gallery spaces.

These 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 on the walls of the Corcoran School and present pictorial and oral presentations of their projects to an audience of their peers, faculty and the George Washington University community.

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative thesis show located in the Corcoran's historic Flagg Building. NEXT gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives. Visitors to NEXT have the unique opportunity to observe thesis critiques and discussions between students and faculty and to gain insight into the visual form-making process. It's also an opportunity to connect GW students with potential employers and art dealers.

In this new era of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, we will be incorporating all of the Corcoran School creative disciplines including the arc of events. This year promises to be a very eventful year. Over the course over a month, we will be hosting performances, symposiums, lectures, and of course our annual exhibition.


Museum Studies Exhibition

This year, a museum studies class will be putting together an exhibition as part of NEXT, on view at the same time as the rest of the exhibition. Their show will center on this theme: People, stories, and objects move. Sometimes this is an act of individual agency, sometimes it is the consequence of systematic displacement and violence. This exhibition recovers eight stories of movement, memory, and return.

NEXT 180

April 23, 2020
5 – 6 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th Street NW

Before the festivities begin at 6 pm for the NEXT opening night party, join your classmates for NEXT 180! NEXT 180 features a series of rapid-fire creative presentations from graduating students across the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Each student has three minutes and nine slides (which automatically advance every 20 seconds) to enlighten, inspire and entertain. These can be dance performances or talks about any topic.

There will be voting and prizes. The event will be first-come, first-seated, with no RSVP necessary, so come early to cheer them on. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

Present at NEXT 180:


The deadlines are:

February 1, 2020: NEXT 180 Nomination forms open
March 1, 2020: Nomination forms close (accepted through end of day on March 1)

March 15, 2020: NEXT 180 student selected


If selected to present, you'll be asked for:

April 20, 2020: NEXT 180 presentations due
April 23, 2020: Arrive early, at 3:30 p.m., to practice your presentation at Hammer Auditorium.
Doors open at 4:45 p.m.
March 30, 2020: There will also be an optional coaching session prior to the event, at 2:00 p.m.

NEXTStages 2020

NEXTStages are year-end and capstone events created by music, theatre and dance students at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. All music and theatre events below are free and open to the public, with no rsvps needed. The dance events are ticketed.

NEXT Music Capstone Performances

Andrew Hesbacher: 9 Stories and a Basement: The Thurston Musical
April 24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 5 p.m.
XX Blackbox
814 20th St., NW


Steven Shi: The Hero’s Journey
April 25 at 2 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th St., NW


Sheila Albertson: Beethoven and His Interpreters: A Study on Moonlight Sonata
April 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th St., NW


Angela Lentini: Emily Dickinson’s Poetry: Analysis and Song Setting
April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Campus, Post Hall
2100 Foxhall Road, NW


NEXT Theatre Capstone Performances

Isabel Simoesdecarvalh: Burn This
March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
XX Blackbox
814 20th St., NW
Excerpts from Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, directed by Isabel Simoesdecarvalh, examining the work from the director’s point of view.


Jeremy Pinson and Hannah Sessler: Shutterbug
April 10 at 7:30 p.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.
XX Blackbox
814 20th Street NW
April 19 at 2:00 p.m. and April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th St., NW
Jeremy Pinson composed an original script that explores the changing nature of privacy in a 21st-century landscape. Joining him to co-direct the 40-minute piece is Hannah Sessler, who will portray one of the play’s integral characters.


Cole Larravide: Moment of Escape and Brett Cassidy: Zero Hour
April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium
500 17th St., NW
Cole Larravide presents a rock concert of original music in his performance of Moment of Escape, followed by Brett Cassidy in Zero Hour, by Jim Brochure, a one-man play about showbiz legend Zero Mostel recounting his life, career and harrowing experiences with the McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist.


NEXT Dance Performances

Dance Concert Spring 2020
April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Artistic Director Maida Withers
Guest Artists: Artesãos do Corpo (São Paulo, Brazil)
Fours Historic Solos performed by Giselle Ruzany, Erica Rebollar and Monique Martinez

NEXT Student Choreographers:
Berkley Lane
Nisani Lopez
Monique Martinez
Claire Siwulec
Sakiya Walker


Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St., NW
Students/Seniors $10, General Admission $20
Tickets: go.gwu.edu/DCS20


Read about common questions from students about the NEXT exhibition. Read about featured students from last year's NEXT exhibition.