This annual exhibition showcases work by the graduating students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. NEXT includes the thesis work of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degree programs.

Visitors to NEXT are invited to engage with the next generation of storytellers, visionaries, and provocateurs as they deliver thesis presentation and participate in gallery talks.

  • Discover the next generation of artists.
  • Connect with emerging visionaries.
  • Experience innovation.



April 8 Wednesday
6–9 pm
NEXT Opening and Undergraduate Reception
The Corcoran School
April 8 Wednesday
8:30 am–1 pm
Gallery Critique, BFA Photography, BFA Photojournalism
Galleries 1–11
April 12 Sunday
9 am–5 pm
MA New Media Photojournalism
Hammer Auditorium
April 13 Monday
8:30 am–1 pm
Gallery Critique, BFA Fine Art
Galleries 1–11
April 15 Wednesday
8:30 am–1 pm
Gallery Critique, BFA Fine Art
Galleries 1–11
April 15 Wednesday
8:30 am–1 pm
Gallery Critique, BFA Photography, BFA Photojournalism
Galleries 1–11
April 16 Thursday
6–7 pm
BA Art Studies
Hammer Auditorium
April 17 Friday
12 pm
NEXT at Noon: BFA Fine Art
Galleries 1–11
April 29 Wednesday
7–9 pm
Graduate Reception
The Corcoran School
May 1 Friday
12 pm
NEXT at Noon: Design Lab
South Atrium
May 2 Saturday
10 am–5 pm
MA Exhibition Design
Hammer Auditorium
May 3 Sunday
10 am–5 pm
MA Exhibition Design
Hammer Auditorium
May 4 Monday
9 am–6 pm
MA Interior Design
North Atrium
May 5 Tuesday
9 am–1 pm
MA Art and the Book
Hammer Auditorium, Rotunda
May 5 Tuesday
10 am–6 pm
MA Interior Design
North Atrium
May 6 Wednesday
5:30–7:30 pm
MA Art Education, Capstone
Gallery 31
May 7 Thursday
12–7 pm
MA Art Education & Teaching
Hammer Auditorium
May 8 Friday
11 am–1:30 pm
MA Art Education & Teaching
Hammer Auditorium
May 8 Friday
12 pm
NEXT at Noon: BFA Photography, BFA Photojournalism
Galleries 1–11
May 18 Monday Exhibition Closes
NEXT 2015 has closed.
Check back in April 2016 for next year’s exhibition.

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Corcoran Portfolios

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Highlighted Students

    Arnold Bigger MA Teaching

    Statement Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca depicts two understandings I have developed from the MAT program: 1) that creativity is not a single process or product, action or reflection, reaction or abstraction because creativity is an ever-changing blend of a person’s beliefs and understandings, behaviors and thoughts, emotions and perceptions, and elements beyond human understanding; and 2) the relationship between language, education, and creativity is complementary: language is how a person engages with reality, education is how a person develops understandings about reality and creativity is how a person adds to reality.

    Adjoa Burrowes MA Art Education

    Born in Chicago, Adjoa Burrowes is a mixed media artist, educator, and author and illustrator of over a dozen books for children. She received her BFA degree in printmaking from Howard University and has studied with contemporary artists in Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). She has presented her art work in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands and Paris. Burrowes is a teaching artist at the John F. Kennedy Center where she designs and implements arts integrated workshops in the DC public schools.

    Statement reBOXes

    My current artwork focuses on the cardboard box as a basic utilitarian object. By pulling, tearing, peeling and folding, I crafted this object into what I call “naked sculptures.” The wall hung installations, however, incorporate color that was originally printed on the box surface, in playful constructions. A single box was used in each sculpture, be it a wardrobe, shoe or flower box. Using mainly recycled boxes that were a part of my consumption over a period of time, the exhibit forms a type of snapshot of my consumer habits and speaks to issues of mass consumption and waste in modern society.

    Emily Clark MA Exhibition Design

    Statement We Need to Talk: A Show of Deception

    We’re imprinted from a young age to equate lying with bad behavior, which compels us to sweep the idea of deception as part of our everyday under the rug. Our acknowledgement of deception is often limited to outrage in the face of severely disruptive lies that have already done their damage: political scandal, for example, or an unfaithful partner. But, what about the myriad social contracts we honor each day—those that implicitly demand deceptive communication? For example, we often tell white lies to avoid awkward social encounters or to spare someone’s feelings. Are we bad people for doing these things? Is it even possible not to do them? What would happen if we openly acknowledged the significant role deception plays in our lives?

    Kara Frame MA New Media Photojournalism

    Statement I Will Go Back Tonight

    I Will Go Back Tonight documents the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on familial relationships of four veterans from the U.S. Army’s 5th Infantry Unit, the “bobcats” The project focuses on the lives of three Vietnam veterans who served together in 1968 and one Afghanistan Veteran who came home in 2012. The landscape of the wars is vastly different, but the lasting effects after they come home are similar. The veterans’ wives speak candidly about the experience of living with the flashbacks, nightmares, and memories that haunt their husbands every day.

    Jonathan Goldman MA Exhibition Design

    Statement Building a Canal, Constructing Race: Prejudice and Labor in the Panama Canal Zone

    Building a Canal, Constructing Race: Prejudice and Labor in the Panama Canal Zone aims to reveal to visitors the socially constructed nature of race by telling the story of segregation during the construction of the Panama Canal by the American government, specifically, through the eyes of the various ethnic groups of laborers that were not treated equally to their white US citizen counterparts during a period of severe segregation in the United States.

    Eliot Hicks BFA Fine Art

    Eliot Hicks is a southeastern Virginia native who currently lives and works in Washington, DC with a focus in photography, sculpture, and new media digital art.

    Statement Versus

    Spectatorship originates from any viewer’s desire to watch. Due to an audience’s want to understand without knowing they need a symbol to do so, the spectacle of something strange confronts the viewer. The heavier the gesture, the greater chance a viewer will be aware their presence is being addressed. In this scenario, Versus is a sculptural way of contextualizing a fifty occupant set of bleachers. The familiarity of the object brings attention to its strangeness and lack of instruction for its intended function. How one interacts with the piece, informs what they take out of it. A purchased and prefabricated object enhances the intervention while adding to the continuum of readymades.

    David Hodgson BFA Graphic Design

    Statement Fast! Loud! Dirty! Garage Rock Design of the 1990s

    Garage rock design as seen in the 90s shows a rare union of design and music, as well as designer and client. Those designing the flyers, posters, and album covers of this era shared the same interests and influences as those making the music. Some examples of these influences are surf culture, pin-ups, 70s punk flyers, vintage monster movies/posters, hotrod culture, pop art, op art, comics, psychedelia, photocopying, collaging, and screen printing. This is seen in designers/illustrators such as Art Chantry, Amy Jo Hendrickson, Frank Kozik, Coop, Peter Bagge, and Daniel Clowes, as well as the countless non-professionals who designed their own bands’ flyers and record covers.

    Jungeun Kim BFA Interior Design

    Jungeun Kim is an interior design student born and raised in Busan, South Korea. Art always has been her passion since she was little, but she found her love for architecture after she came to the states. She likes to combine hand drawing and digital drawing for design projects. She now lives in the Washington, DC metro area.

    Statement Open-to-Flow

    Open-to-Flow demonstrates the importance of flow to open plan offices: communication flow, circulation flow, and most importantly, workflow. This set of paintings resembles the project’s zoning diagrams. It shows unassigned working space, privacy level, noise level, and materials used in the space. The four paintings are partly both a study and summary of the office’s interior design as well.

    Caroline Lacey MA New Media Photojournalism

    Caroline Lacey is a lens-based journalist living in Washington, DC. She studies New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. Caroline has a background in art history and is interested in visual literacy and empathy in image driven media.

    Statement How to be After

    The Salvadoran diaspora is a population perched between two countries. They live in the shadows in the US but are unable to return to their home country now overrun by gang violence. Left in limbo, they look for El Salvador through the creative acts of ordinary life. Painted volcanoes mimic the landscape they left, food is a means of communicating culture and photographs are a way of touching the ones they can’t. Sentimentality is both the lifeboat and its leak.

    Aria Maisey BFA Fine Art Photography

    Aria Maisey is a fine art photographer receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. She is originally from Norfolk, Virginia but currently resides in Washington, DC. In 2010, she began exploring the relationships she carries with her family and all that comes with it. She pulls from personal artifacts and bases her work on personal experiences she has with her family.

    Statement The Three of Us

    The Three of Us is a series of text and image that takes the viewer on a literal and metaphorical journey, showing the objects in my mother’s house that carried a great deal of significance throughout my childhood, things that I have realized about us as I grew older, and a portrait of my sister and me, shown by how we deal with hope, rejection, love, and loss.

    Nora Mosley BFA Graphic Design

    Nora Mosley is a graphic designer who enjoys both working within a rigid structure and breaking out of it to surprising and exciting effect. At the Corcoran, Mosley has received much recognition–ranging from her four-year Presidential Scholarship to the Samuel Boyer Holvey Memorial Award for Design, the Hubert Leckie Memorial Award, the Design Faculty Award, and the Foundation Faculty Award for Drawing, all while maintaining Dean’s List. She continues to cultivate her design knowledge and production as Design Intern at KINETIK, a design studio located in Washington, DC.

    Statement The Body as a Palette for Design

    The human presence adds authenticity to design. Blurring the line between onstage and backstage, a designer may leave a personal imprint—in a subtle or an obvious way—that becomes part of the message. The Body as a Palette for Design examines the integration of the designer’s image into his or her work. This thesis evolved from research on New York-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and the personal trace he leaves in many of his designs, including using his handwriting, photographing his body, or presenting his maxims.

    Neha Pathare BFA Interior Design

    Mumbai is an amalgamation of seven islands, and a city in India where one finds a weave of multiple cultures and diverse tastes. It is also where Neha Pathare was born, and where her love for interacting with people and spaces developed. As an interior designer with a focus on commercial interiors, she is proficient at design strategies that support diverse users, enable productivity, and create engaging spaces: in turn, playing a vital role in the clientele’s physical and emotional well-being through the use of honest and sustainable resources.

    Statement Con Nex

    Con Nex accelerates innovative and inspirational interactions between different people within associated fields and specializations. A co-working office space that is more than mere appropriation of spaces, it’s an honest workplace solution that employs design strategies effectively to address the needs of the design and construction industry. The installation consists of an open face sculpture that emulates these random opportunities, intersections, and connections facilitated through Con Nex: one component propels the next, generating perpetual motion.

    Katherine Plourde BFA Fine Art

    Statement Tidal

    Tidal is a reconstruction of moments that exist only in memory. The viewer is experiencing the memory of a place but not the place as it exists. Often the memory of a place becomes more important than the place itself, and the memories become internalized into one’s own personal landscape. Accepting these experiences is key in being able to accept the place one inhabits in the present. The tides of the ocean are constant but always moving. They release what is underneath the surface only to cover it again, always fluctuating. When the ocean retreats from the land, an ever changing landscape appears, created by the pull and release of the waves. Temporary worlds reveal themselves, pools of secrets lying in wait to be discovered.

    Jordyn Raia BFA Fine Art Photography

    Jordyn Raia is a photographer working in Washington, DC. Much of her work, including her senior thesis, Continuum, explores the human experience and our connections to the universe. By using abstract imagery, Jordyn is able to make work that speaks about the essence of things and express her interests in how we are connected to all things in the cosmos.

    Statement Continuum

    You are as old as the universe, your atoms built inside long-dead stars. You were formed by the universe and have been in a constant state of becoming for more than thirteen billion years. You are deeply interconnected with all things; you share your DNA with all human life, and are built from the same elements as the earth. The lines on your palms mimic the veins of leaves; constellations can be found in the freckles on your skin. You live within the universe, and the universe also lives within you.

    Joe Van Eeckhout MA New Media Photojournalism

    Joe Van Eeckhout is a documentary photographer and videographer, originally from the Pacific Northwest, but is currently based in Washington, DC. He has traveled abroad often, producing photo essays and writing. His interests include critical thinking within photojournalism, documentary video, and exploring new forms of visual storytelling. He currently works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer. He was recently a Multimedia Editor Intern with AFP in Washington and has previously been published in the Star Tribune and other local publications in the Twin Cities.

    Statement Hunting Nature

    Hunting Nature is a multimedia project that explores contemporary hunting culture through the lives of the Groves family of rural Maryland. Tracy Groves, the patriarch, lives with a set of strong family bonds and traditional values at the center of everything he does. Through his Christian faith, expressed in a passion for the outdoors and a deep connection to the land, Tracy and his family engage a wider community of hunters interested in preserving traditions passed down from generation to generation.

    Na’ama Zussman MA Art and the Book

    A recipient of numerous awards including a Michael P. Denker Fellow by the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association, and the Art and the Book Faculty Award for Excellence in Studio Work, Na’ama has completed an internship at the Library of Congress’ Rare Book and Special Collections Division, and gave a talk to the public on her area of research: Digressional Wanderings. Na’ama holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and art education and has studied in London, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Her works have been exhibited in London, Germany, the USA, and Israel, and can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the world.

    Statement A Survey of a World

    A survey of interactions between a surface and an image—an object and a text. I am the surveyor. The image is a disembodied entity that depends on the surface for its existence, without the surface, the image would vanish; at the same time, the surface wouldn’t exist without the image. The presence of the surface is deceiving—there, yet it needs to be chosen and activated as other artistic means. The accuracy of the interaction between a surface and an image is an epiphany, and once this epiphany occurs, an endless discourse of interactions flows broadly. This is the magnitude that allows and enables the appearance of actual interactions found in human experience, such as the discourse between memory and reality, or map and territory.


Undergraduate & Graduate Students


Fine Art Photography

Sebastien Arbona

Ana Bartolo

Jamey Bryant

Rick Coulby

Kelly Chick

Rachel Johnson

Sohee Lim

Aria Maisey

Kesi Marcus

Taylor Pittman

Jordyn Raia

Colin Wheeler


Noelle Smith

Tiph Browne

Craig Hudson

Genevieve Fournier


Interior Design

Bodoor Al Ahmadi

Sharifa Algahtani

Mona Algwaiz

Sara Alnabhani

Reem Bagais

Brittany Bloom

Blair Bunting

Liat Cohen

Franny Couch

Alexandria Davis

Tatiana Dumchera

Victor Fehrenbach

Sandra Fine

Annie Travers Fortune

Marina Garcia

Travis Hatch

Annie Kettler

Kimi Laws

Ladan Majlessi

Monica Mesa

Jennifer T. Nolley

Lauren Reynolds

Andrea Ross

Catherine Swaniker

Art Education

Adjoa J. Burrowes

Mike Green

Jennifer Heffernan

Vaughn T. Holsey


Arnold Bigger

Kasi Burns

Kristine DiNinno

Ayesha Johnson

New Media Photojournalism

Megan Anderson

Oliver Contreras

Cynthia Driver

Kara Frame

Jordan Guevara

Pamela Kaplan

Benjamin Katz

Caroline Lacey

Katherine Nelson

Dean Pagani

Steven Phillips

Jessica Overcash

Joe Van Eeckhout

Art and the Book

Julie Garcia

Sarah Denslow

Na’ama Zussman

Julie Sheah

Exhibition Design

Jonathan Goldman

Sarah Weiner

Sarah Bordeaux

Marissa Orcutt

Jayna Champeau

Alexandra Mosher

Rachael Huszar

Mary Noxon

Lee Weaver

Lynda Andrews Barry

Emily Clark

Leslie Colvin

Heather Woods

Heidi Helgerson

William Schenck

Elizabeth Ciechanowski

Kyle Brown

Suzanne Klinefelter


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Design Lab

Design Lab offers a select group of undergraduate design students the unique opportunity to design and oversee production of NEXT’s branding and identity program for the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. Design Lab serves as a design practicum course. Students gain real-world experience interacting with clients, managing deadlines, and working within project parameters.

The Design Lab team for 2014–15 includes Grace Boyle, Anders Larsson, and Lucien Liz-Lepiorz: designers currently in their junior year. The team is managed by senior design students David Hodgson and Nora Mosley. Design Lab’s creative director and faculty is Francheska Guerrero, associate professor and the program head for both Graphic Design and Digital Media Design.

Plan Your Visit

Location The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design is located at 500 Seventeenth Street NW in Washington, DC. Visitors should enter via the main entrance, located on Seventeenth Street between New York Avenue & E Street NW.
Dates April 8–May 18
Hours Wednesday 10 am–9 pm
Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday 10 am–5 pm


Download the press kit here. For other exhibition-related inquiries, contact Kurie Fitzgerald. For more news and information about George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, visit the school’s website.