Empowering Others to Love Themselves
Martina Maya-Callen (MFA in Social Practice ‘23) showcased her solo art exhibition, “A Letter To My Body” in the Flagg Building’s Staircase Gallery. The series was born from her navigating her relationship with her own body and working to hold space for others’ individualized journeys. This artwork was designed to ignite connection with one’s body. The empowerment photography of women and nonbinary folx was varied, from boudoir to sculpture-making, representing the multidimensionality of beauty.
Photojournalism Students Accepted into Prestigious Seminar
Emmy Numann (BA in Photojournalism ‘24) and Kate Woods (MA in New Media Photojournalism ‘24) were accepted into the Class of 2022 for the Eddie Adams Workshop, a prestigious seminar for photojournalism students that took place in the fall.
Sharing Her Craft with the World
Rosa Fihla (BFA in Interior Architecture '23) released an EP, The Sad Songs, which can be streamed on Spotify. Rosa was also featured among several students in a photo essay by The Hatchet. The article showcased student musicians and organizations dedicated to sharing their craft.
Welcoming All to the Arts
Kelsey Baker (Journalism ‘25) filmed a short documentary for one of their classes, focusing on their peer Averie Thompson (Sociology ‘24) and her work as a Performing Arts Assistant at the Corcoran. The documentary also featured Skylar Fay (Psychology ‘25) and Isabel Mahon (International Affairs ‘24).
Interior Architecture Student Impresses ASID with Portfolio
Congratulations to Cece Witherspoon (MFA Interior Architecture ‘23), who was one of the winners of the 2023 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Student Portfolio Competition!
Make Way for Vera Stark
The Corcoran's production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark received an outstanding review from Ajani Jones of DC Theater Arts. The students performing the show "executed Nottage’s vision marvelously as the production effectively captures the rise, and subsequent fall, of Vera Stark (Anne Laurie Joseph)."
Jones added, "Under the phenomenal direction of Sydney Monroe Williams, the cast’s brilliance continues to shine from start to finish."
Examining Cultural Colonialism in the Museum of the Bible
Katie Prinkey (Museum Studies, MA '23) had her first publication released in the online journal of the Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture. Her article, "Cultural Colonialism at the Museum of the Bible: Have they Found Redemption?" applies cultural colonialism and the theory of colonial matrices of power to the collecting practices of the Green family and the Museum of the Bible.
Corcoran T-Shirt Design Contest Winners
Congratulations to Martin Maynard and Oliver Davies, winners of the Corcoran T-shirt Design Contest (seen left to right)!
One of these student-designed T-shirts was gifted to graduating students and the other will be available for future sale through the GW campus bookstore.
Remembering History’s Dark Side
Tina Villadolid (MFA in Social Practice ‘23), in celebration of Filipino American History Month, performed a ritual commemoration for the Bataan Death March, a devastating WWII event that occurred 80 and a half years ago in the Philippines. Over the course of 6 days, which is reportedly how long the march lasted, Villadolid made a continuous length of graphite rubbings of the public sidewalks on Bataan St., using newsprint from the Washington Post printing plant. She also transcribed oral histories passed down from elders who experienced the march onto the sidewalk, materializing memories in an effort to honor and connect with a distant history that impacts who she is today as a Filipina American in Washington DC.
Talking In Tune: Ellie D'Andria
Ellie D’Andria (BA Education Policy and Child Development ‘23) was featured in GW Today, where she discussed her capstone thesis, a podcast she created called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Love Letter to Music Education.” Through her podcast, Ellie combined her passion for music and interest in brain development, interviewing professionals with backgrounds ranging from music therapy to neuroscience.
Reclaiming the Past and Challenging Persisting Imperial Norms
Tina Villadolid (MFA in Social Practice ‘23) showcased her exhibition, FILIPINABILIA: ORIGINS, RITUALS, ARTIFACTS. Through ritual, intervention, and non-traditional materiality, she regenerated legacies of her ancestral past to question imperialist regimes of value that persist today. Reclamation and reconciliation for untold, incomplete, and propagandized narratives of Filipina/o/x people are at the center of Tina Villadolid’s practice.