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NEXT Exhibition

Events, Performances and Exhibitions

What is NEXT?

NEXT is the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students. Many degree programs at the Corcoran require students to successfully complete an end-of-year project and then collaborate with other programs to present it via an exhibition, capstone performance, paper or presentation.

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.