At a time when people think of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art and Design in terms of LAST — last shows, last classes, last exhibition the way we know it — because of plans for sweeping changes announced in February, the institution is still filled with springtime hope, and in the midst of its annual NEXT exhibition.
“NEXT at the Corcoran: Class of 2014,” currently on display through May 18, presents the thesis work of this year’s graduating students of the college, which will be absorbed by George Washington University if announced plans go forward.
Number of BFA undergraduate and graduate students whose thesis will be on view in NEXT, representing their majors in digital media design, fine art, graphic design, interior design, photography and photojournalism.
Years the NEXT exhibition has been the showcase for graduates, drawing art dealers, curators, talent scouts and prospective employers to the school founded in 1890. It stands as Washington’s only four-year accredited college of art and design. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, for its part, was established in 1869 as one of America’s first museums of art.
Number of participants named as “top artists” in the NEXT show, as selected by a panel of alumni. The winners will speak on their work at a free presentation, “Meet the Corcoran’s Next Artists” on May 7. Registration is encouraged.
Number of undergraduate and graduate artists whose progress in NEXT has been posted on Instagram, under the tag #Discoverthe
Number of interactive works and performances in the exhibition, including a seesaw open for play by Brittany Moore.
Number of NEXT performance artists presenting pieces at the “Corcoran Uncorked: Best & Brightest” happy hour Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They are: Lorenzo DeAlmeida, Sarah Gettman and Cale Turpie. Also, three bands will play and tours will be available of the gallery’s other spring exhibits — “Jennifer Steinkamp and Jimmy Johnson: Loop,” Sol Lewitt’s “Wall Drawing #65” and “Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse.”
Number of months it took a team of five undergraduate graphic design and digital media design students to create the visual brand for the exhibition, including its logo, which is made up of symbols inspired by designs on the Corcoran’s iconic Beaux Arts building.
Cost to attend “NEXT.” Also, it’s the degree of certainty that there will be a “NEXT” in 2015, after the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design is absorbed by George Washington University.