On October 28th, over a hundred alumni braved the rain to hear an artist’s talk at the Corcoran School. The presentation was given by Sanjit Sethi, the new director of George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. The alumni event was Sethi’s first opportunity to connect with former students of the Corcoran School and discuss his vision for the school’s future.
The night started with a reception, where guests chatted and admired the student exhibitions on the wall. But the atmosphere quickly grew more like a reunion as familiar faces arrived. Between the hugging and the “remember whens,” it became clear that this was a homecoming for many alums.
Soon, it was time for the talk, and the guests made their way to Hammer Auditorium for the presentation.
The first person to speak was Corcoran College Alumni Steering Committee Co-Chair Avi Gupta. He greeted his fellow alums and spoke of his optimism for the Corcoran’s future.
Gupta was followed by GW Alumni Association President Jeremy Gosbee who assured Corcoran alums they were now part of the GW family.
Finally, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Aristide Collins gave the alums a sincere “welcome home” to the GW community.
Sanjit Sethi took the stage to warm applause. He spoke at length about his work as an artist, his experiences, his passions, and his vision for the future of the Corcoran.
Sethi reinforced the importance of social issues in art and in the goals of the school moving forward. This focus was evident in his discussion of the Corcoran’s new public hours.
“The Corcoran continues to educate the next generation of culturally fluent creative practitioners while still seeing its space as a vital place for the broader Washington DC community.”
Sethi concluded his speech and moved on to answer alumni questions. Once the formal Q & A was over, he remained and chatted with alums and faculty for a while.
Sethi’s enthusiasm was contagious and there was a happy buzz as guests left for the evening. Several took to social media to express their happiness with Sethi’s plans and the recent events at the Corcoran.
You can watch Sethi’s speech in its entirety here: