By Katie Dance
October 17, 2012
Photo via Live in Washington D. C.
The Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design has been considering making some serious changes in the near future. Washington’s City Paper Artsdesk, originally reported back in June that the Corcoran is considering selling the building and moving elsewhere.
The Corcoran building, which houses the gallery and the college in the basement, has been in the prime location for 115 years. DCist reported back in June, Corcoran had looked at waterfront properties in Alexandria and contemplated leaving the District altogether.
Last week, Board of Trustees Chairman, Harry Hopper, sent out an email to faculty, staff, and students saying:
“The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is in conversation with both the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. These activities are in keeping with the Corcoran Board’s stewardship and commitment to explore and secure potential sustainable options for the future of both the gallery and the college. No further details will be released at this time.”
This information was released to the public the same day.
Chairman Harry Hopper also said in the email that, “one guiding principle continues to inspire us every day – to preserve the Corcoran’s legacy and stay in the building.”
What does speaking with NGA and GW mean for the Corcoran?
It appears that the goal for the Corcoran is to remain in the building and continue as is, but with preliminary discussions with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University underway, relocating has not been completely ruled out.
Disclosure: The author of this article is a student at Corcoran College of Art + Design.