University of Maryland in talks with Corcoran over potential partnership

Courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art/COURTESY OF THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART - Exterior view of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design during roof renovations.

It seems a deal is going down between the struggling Corcoran Gallery of Art and the University of Maryland.

Catherine Armour, provost at the related Corcoran College of Art and Design, e-mailed faculty and staff at the college Wednesday afternoon, inviting them to a Monday meeting with Mary Ann Rankin, senior vice president and provost of U-Md., which is in College Park.

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“She will be here to learn more about you and the Corcoran, answer your questions, and have a discussion about the process of developing an academic partnership,” Armour wrote. “This discussion is an opportunity for both institutions to get acquainted.”

Armour added: “The board of trustees is moving towards making a decision about the future of the institution.”

The Corcoran’s board was meeting Wednesday afternoon in an undisclosed location, where votes could be taken about the Corcoran’s future.

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