Cornish News

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June 28, 2017

Enjoy Lunch With Some Cornish College Musicians

Every Thursday, cloudy or sunny, outdoor lunch at Van Vorst Plaza means Cornish College of the Arts entertainment. Now in its fourth year, Cornish@Amazon brings students, faculty, and alumni bands to the stage.

For Cornish@Amazon, the summer music series produced by Cornish College of the Arts, summer lasts al...

June 1: Honeysuckle Rye June 8: The Namlú'u Jazz Band June 15: Tai Shan June 22: Tango June...

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June 22, 2017

Film Festival Opportunities Found In LA

After graduating with a BFA in Theater, Kyle McAuley '11 found himself creating short films for a California film festival. This year, he is the committee chair for the “On Location” project of New Filmmakers Los Angeles and hopes to hear from other Cornish transplants.

Moving away from Cornish College of the Arts can be a challenge. The college prides itself on having...

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May 31, 2017

Jim Kent Finds His Dream Company In Whim W’Him

Jim Kent '05 has danced for a number of Seattle choreographers since graduation. A member of Whim W'him since 2010, he has appeared in more than 30 new works staged by that company, including the mammoth "Approaching Ecstasy" which places a choir of 40 men and women on stage with the dancers.

Appearing in the June 2017 performances of Approaching Ecstasy at the Cornish Playhouse will be...

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May 15, 2017

Ruffner Draws On Cornish Expertise For Augmented Reality

This year’s Consilience Event at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) features artist Ginny Ruffner. In 2015, Ruffner was invited into the Design classroom at Cornish Cornish College of the Arts to learn alongside our students, new tools and techniques she is using in the creation of her exciting augmented reality projects The result was a fruitful creative and technical learning as well as mentoring exchange.

Artist Ginny Ruffner’s interactive augmented reality installation Poetic Hybrids had some assistan...

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May 15, 2017

Commencement 2017 – You Will Climb the Sky

Invoking both Cornish College of the Arts’ storied past and the ever-changing creative landscape of the 21st century, Commencement speaker Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker told 2017 graduates: “You will climb the sky.

The 2017 Commencement took place at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Friends, families, and gradua...

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May 10, 2017

Creating Fables With A Baby Grand

Cornish Playhouse resident artists Ruth Marie Tomlinson (faculty), Fritz Rodriguez (alumni), John David Tomlinson, and Tania Kupczak have been deconstructing, cataloguing, rebuilding, and constructing fables of a Sohmer & Co. Baby Grand piano. The deconstruction began in November of 2016 and will culminate over Memorial Day weekend with a closing reception on May 25.

What do you do with a decommissioned piano? At Cornish College of the Arts, you turn it into art. In...

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April 27, 2017

Henry Art Show Reunites Alumni

“Fun. No Fun. Kraft Duntz featuring Dawn Cerny” at the Henry is three-quarters Cornish College of the Arts alumni. The Seattle-based artist/architect team of David Lipe, Matt Sellars ‘93, and Dan Webb '91, in collaboration with Dawn Cerny ’02, have created an installation for the Henry’s lower level gallery that will be on display through September 10, 2017.

David Lipe, Matt Sellars, and Dan Webb make up the artistic team known as Kraft Duntz. It’s a mix...

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April 13, 2017

Leslie Phinney Celebrates 35 Years Of “People First Design”

Leslie Phinney ‘79 is the Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Phinney Bischoff, an integrated brand strategy and design firm with offices in Seattle, WA, and Sun Valley, ID. Throughout its 35-year history, Phinney Bischoff has had the privilege to work with many beloved Seattle brands, including BECU, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Symphony, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Woodland Park Zoo.

Her name is familiar for a reason: Leslie Phinney is the great-great-grandniece of real estate pione...

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April 7, 2017

Cornish Connects With Dance Theatre of Harlem

Theresa Alexander '17, a senior in the Dance Department at Cornish and an intern in the College's Communications Department, traveled with her entire department to the Northwest African American Museum to see its exhibition on Dance Theatre of Harlem. She filed this report, capped by the revelation that the company was co-founded by a Cornish alumnus, Karel Shook.

With Cornish’s Dance Department celebrating its 100th year, the dance students have been reveling...

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March 31, 2017

Cornish Dance Theater’s Spring 2017 Concert

Faculty and guest choreographers' works include a site-specific piece and a focus on human rights, female empowerment, and the art of protests for season finale.

Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the 100-year-old Dance Department at Cornish Colle...

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March 24, 2017

First-Year Students Share a Novel and an Experience

A new part of matriculating in at Cornish, entering freshmen shared a moving novel as part of the First Year Reads program, then completed the experience on the streets of Seattle's International District.

Cornish is a college where collaboration and working across boundaries is at a premium, so a new pro...

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March 14, 2017

Jobaris Casts Her Spell At On The Boards

Jessica Jobaris '97 and her collaborative collective General Magic use dance and theater as a quest into the human condition. Her work nurtures risk, mystery, absurdity, sensation of the body, and emancipation through imagination.

Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 1997, Jessica Jobaris has been choreographing a...

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March 3, 2017

Silas James Selected For USITT Gateway Program

A recent graduate (December, 2016) Silas James has been selected to participate in the 2017 USITT Gateway Program. This program and the USITT Diversity Initiative are committed to expanding diversity within the performing arts by focusing on mentorships for designers, technicians, and managers. This is the second year in a row that a Cornish College of the Arts Performance Production student has been selected for this honor.

Silas James will attend the USITT 57th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis, MO March 8 -...

March 1, 2017

Alumni In The News - March

She studied art at Cornish but Colleen Atwood has gone on to become one of Hollywood's best known costume designers, receiving her fourth Oscar in 2017. Several other Cornish artists and designers were in the news in late February and March.

Ria Brodell '02 has a show opening March 3 at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, Ria Bro...

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February 28, 2017

Cornish Student Plays With Seattle Symphony

Cornish College of the Arts student Lily Shababi recently participated in Seattle Symphony’s Music Beyond Borders: Voices from the Seven, a February concert that packed Benaroya Hall and was streamed live around the world. Professor Paul Taub talked to her about the experience and wrote the following article.

When I heard that the Seattle Symphony was looking for musicians of the seven nationalities affected...

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February 24, 2017

BFA Concerts: Full Program Notes

The BFA Capstone Concerts feature the work of Cornish College of the Arts' Dance seniors.

The BFA Capstone Concerts take place at the Broadway Performance Hall on February 25 and 26. Two com...

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February 22, 2017

Sale’s Theater Career Focuses On Teamwork

In 2016, Cornish College of the Arts’ graduate Courtney Sale was selected as the artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre, which was named one of the top five children’s theatres in the country in 2012.

Now halfway through her first season as artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre, Courtney...

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February 15, 2017

Myers Plays Cage At Cornish

With permission of Live Music Project, here's Ken Karnofski's recent interview with Jesse Myers about performing John Cage’s "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano. This Cornish Presents concert will take place at PONCHO on February 17 at 8:00 p.m.

“It transforms the piano into something not recognizable as a piano,” says pianist Jesse Myers,...

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February 14, 2017

Historic Seattle Lecture Explores Cornish History

David Martin, the curator of Cascadia Art Museum exhibition on Cornish College of the Arts' history, will lecture on the history of the school on March 6, 7 p.m., at PONCHO. This event is part of the Historic Seattle 2017 educational program for lovers of buildings and heritage.

“Miss Aunt Nellie” as she was affectionately known, was arguably the most important figure in Wa...

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February 11, 2017

Black Music Matters At PONCHO

This semester, Creative Corridor’s "Black Music Matters: History/Context of Black American Music" has brought numerous artists to campus and hosted a series of open lectures at PONCHO.

Creative Corridor at Cornish College of the Arts is a series of elective classes open to students in...

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February 2, 2017

Alumni In The News - February

Lots of alumni success to report from New York City as well as shows closer to home.

Julia Sirna-Frest '05 is getting a lot of notice for her work in the title role in Porto&n...

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February 1, 2017

Cornish Dancers Present Their Senior Projects

The 2017 BFA Dance Concerts in February are a showcase of the performances and choreography by seniors in the Dance Department. Additional senior thesis projects take place in February and March.

As the culmination of their education at Cornish College of the Arts, Dance seniors present the resu...

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February 1, 2017

Cornish Winter New Works Festival Returns

Come and hear new scripts by Cornish students this winter. The Cornish Winter New Works Festival kicks off Feb. 10 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center Alhadeff Studio and plays through Feb 25.

Cornish Theater's annual Winter New Works Festival is a series of readings of new plays by members o...

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January 31, 2017

We All Thrive In An Interconnected World

The following was sent on Monday by interim President Chris Kevorkian to the Cornish College of the Arts community. In a typical academic year, the college has students from more than a dozen countries on campus. In the last few years, students have come from Bermuda, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand, among others.

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Trustees, and other members of our community, I write to you today...

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January 27, 2017

NUMUS Northwest Debuts At Kerry Hall

A day-long event dedicated to the creation, performance, and experience of new music in Seattle comes to Cornish College of the Arts.

A one-day new music festival, NUMUS Northwest, will be held this Saturday (January 28) at Kerry Hall...

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January 26, 2017

Jim Knapp Retires Big—With Scrape Performance

Longtime Music Professor Jim Knapp Scrape reminds Cornish and the Jazz community what they’ll be missing with a Cornish Presents performance of Scrape on January 27.

Jazz has been taught at Cornish College of the Arts since the 1960s, but came into its own when a yo...

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January 24, 2017

Recent Grad Boehlke Brings It For Velocity Challenge

Another Cornish grad on a fast track, Renee Boehlke, fresh from receiving her BFA in Dance, wins a Velocity Bridge Project Creative Residency. Projects begin Thursday, January 26.

Well, that didn’t take long. Renee Boehlke ’16 graduated in May. With the ink barely dry on...

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January 18, 2017

ArtPlace America Director Speaks at Cornish

Executive director of ArtPlace America, Jamie Bennett, will arrive on campus Thursday, January 19, to meet Creative Corridor students and speak on art in the community.

The interim chair of Creative Corridor, Genevieve Tremblay, was delighted to get a note from ArtPlac...

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January 13, 2017

January 18 Deadline Fast Approaching for Cornish-VCFA Masters Program

The Vermont College of Fine Arts offers both an innovative, accelerated, combined BFA/MAT program with Cornish, as well as their fine standard MAT. Both programs have an application deadline coming up.

One of the landmark events of recent years has been the first involvement in a graduate program by C...

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January 9, 2017

Alumni in the News - January

Cornish alumni have been busy: producing art, furthering their academic careers, making the world a better place, and winning awards. Find out where a Cornish education has taken them.

Design grad Grace Reyer '16  who also studied film at Cornish, wrote Film+Media Chair ...