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NEXT Exhibition

Events, Performances and Exhibitions


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.

Stay tuned for the rsvp link

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.

Vote on this year's NEXT logo

Friday, November 1, 2019
2 – 4 p.m.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Room: Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

The NEXT DesignLab students (a group of graphic design students, led by Professor Matt Guastaferro) will present their final designs for NEXT 2020 in the Hammer Auditorium. All Corcoran students, faculty and staff are invited –graduating students are especially encouraged to attend!

After the presentation and questions, attendees will vote on the final design.

Don't miss this event to weigh-in on the NEXT 2020 brand!


NEXT 180

Thursday, 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.

To apply to present at NEXT 180, stay tuned for emails. 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.


Dance Concert Spring 2020
April 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
Artistic Director Maida Withers
Guest Artist TBA
Student Choreographers
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
Students/Seniors $10 General Admission $20
Tickets: TBA


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