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May 29, 2015

Cornish Graduate Mary Lambert Receives SAMHSA Special Recognition Award

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and singer/songwriter Mary Lambert uses her art year round to help those dealing childhood trauma and bipolar disorder.

Cornish graduate Mary Lambert ‘11 joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secret...

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May 27, 2015

ALL RISE and Cornish Present Molly Dilworth Talk

Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth comes to Cornish to talk on her large-scale earthwork, "2124 Miles," in downtown Seattle.

​Someday the empty lot bounded by Denny Way, Pontius Avenue, and John Street in downtown Seattle w...

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May 18, 2015

Cornish Centennial Commencement

On May 9, Cornish College of the Arts held commencement exercises in its Centennial year, with remarks by President Nancy J. Uscher, Anne Bogart, Liz Lerman, and senior Kendra Lee.

Commencement exercises in the plainest of times are occasions for a redolent mixture of reflection...

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May 14, 2015

Cornish Prep Dance Lights Up Spring with “Variance”

The dancers of the Cornish Preparatory Dance Company, with guest performances by Cornish dance majors, bring the choreography of Limón, Maxwell, and more to the stage of Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall.

The Preparatory Dance Program has long been a vital aspect of dance education at Cornish. The qualit...

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May 12, 2015

Black Box and Dhrupad Days Lead Off Busy Cornish Festival Season

Summer is festival time in Seattle, and Cornish has a film festival, a music festival, a dance festival, and a theater festival happening on campus this summer. This month, the Indian classical music festival, Dhrupad Days,starts at PONCHO while experimental film festival Black Box 2.0 plays at Raisbeck and the Main Gallery.

​May blooms forth, the sun lingers on into the night, and in Seattle, it’s festival season. By t...

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May 7, 2015

Cornish’s Biggest Student Exhibition Opens May 8

Cornish College of the Art's largest student show of the year opens right before the Centennial commencement. Galleries in two buildings will be filled with the work of 98 graduating artists and designers -- and Friday, May 8, opening promises to be a great block party event.

​The weather prediction is for unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies, so the opening of E...

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May 6, 2015

Neddy Artist Award Adds To SAM’s Collection

Matthew Offenbacher used his Neddy Artist Award to create an exceptional performative art piece to spark conversation about feminist and queer art at the region's largest museum. Seven works selected for form "Deed of Gift" are Seattle artists Daft Kuntz (Dawn Cerny and Victoria Haven), Anne Focke, Klara Glosova, Wynne Greenwood, Ann Leda Shapiro, and Joey Veltkamp. "It is a gesture very much in keeping with the spirit of the 'Neddies' and of legacy of artist Ned Behnke, as well as the mission of Cornish College of the Arts," said Robin Held, director of Neddy Artist Awards.

Matthew Offenbacher decided to take his 2013 Neddy Artist Award of $25,000 and turn it into a gift t...

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April 23, 2015

The Clown Show: Who’s Laughing Now?

There’s only two more performances of a Cornish classic, The Clown Show; hurry and see how stars like Lady Rizo and Jinkx Monsoon honed their craft.

What are the most amazing things that Jinkx Monsoon and Lady Rizo have in common? OK, 1) they’re t...

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April 22, 2015

What’s Your Game?

Student designers in Systems Communication make the study communication within sociological structures fun by redesigning games.

Educators know what every kitten and puppy knows: play teaches. Consider a kitten batting a ball ar...

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April 21, 2015

Anne Bogart Selected As Commencement Speaker

As announced in March, author and award-winning theater and opera director Anne Bogart will address Cornish’s seniors during the 2015 Commencement on May 9 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. President Nancy J. Uscher will award honorary degrees to Bogart and to choreographer and McArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Liz Lerman. In addition, this year’s Distinguished Recent Alumni Awards will go to Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen and the Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Kent Devereaux.

Many Cornish theater majors already know the work of award-winning stage/opera director and author A...

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April 15, 2015

Reflections on the BFA Dance Concerts

Miranda Chantelois '17 interviewed Julia Sloane '15 about her experiences as both a performer and a choreographer this spring.

Mid February each year, seniors in the Cornish dance department gather in an adrenaline-induced fren...

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April 14, 2015

New Chair of Dance Announced

Following an international search, a worthy replacement is found for Cornish's Chair of Dance. Dr. Victoria Watts is a dance educator, notator, scholar and activist whose professional engagements have spanned Europe, North America, and Australia. Along with her degrees, she also is certified to Advanced level in Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation.

Dr.Victoria Watts has been selected as chair of the Dance Department. She will replace Chair of Danc...

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April 10, 2015

Scholastic Writing Award Winners Featured at Cornish Event

This year, Cornish acted as host for this region’s Scholastic Writing Awards, the happy results can be experienced Sunday, April 12, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Public Library.

“Rejection letters smell like rusty nails and gas station bathrooms. They taste like stale saliva...

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April 6, 2015

Grand Hotel Ready to Open at the Playhouse

The latest of the popular spring musical offerings from the Theater and Performance Production departments at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, Grand Hotel is hours away from opening.

The concentration is intense: there are mere hours left to get the production elements right and the...

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April 1, 2015

Terpsichore’s Landing, Poised to Make Its Mark

Cornish dance student Miranda Chantelois '17 delves into the inspiration behind Cornish's Terpsichore’s Landing and reveals what this year's crop of student choreographers and performers have planned for the April 5 performances at Kerry Hall.

When Rebecca Smedley first started Terpsichore’s Landing (a.k.a. Terps) in 1998, she was a so...

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March 25, 2015

Denise Martel Named Chair of Performance Production

Cornish's new Chair of Performance Production mostly recently worked at Seattle Children's Theatre, a close neighbor of the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

After a rigorous national search that began in 2014, Denise Martel was named Chair of Performance Pr...

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March 24, 2015

Women in Design & Metal Speak at Cornish

The SEGD Seattle Chapter kicks off its speaker series at Cornish with Women in Design; the next day, Cornish hosts Women in Metal from Pratt Fine Arts Center.

​Sometimes the stars just align. Tuesday and Wednesday March 25 and 26, Cornish will play host to...

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March 20, 2015

Bach to the Future: Cornish Celebrates the Composer’s 330th Birthday

In 2010, a New York cellist became afraid classical music was dying out and struck out to the subways to try and build a future for Bach’s work; on March 21, Cornish ensembles will take part.

Birthday gifts: what do you give to the guy who has everything? In the case of birthday boy Johann...

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March 11, 2015

Seattle Jazz Experience Fills Cornish Playhouse

It’s spring break but it’s not quiet at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. This weekend marks the return of the Seattle Jazz Experience, which brings together college and high school bands with local jazz greats.

Started in 2014, the Seattle Jazz Experience gives college and high school bands a chance to experie...

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March 4, 2015

New exhibition of Cunningham photos shows unseen history of Cornish

In 1935, photographer Imogen Cunningham contributed a series of photos for the Cornish School catalogue. Now these rare photos will be on public display, many for the first time, in A Stitch in Time: Imogen at Cornish.

While preparing for Cornish College of the Arts’ centennial celebration last November, college off...

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March 2, 2015

Cornish Commons Tops Off

Cornish College of the Arts adds a brand-new building to its campus in 2015: Cornish Commons. This mix of residence hall, classroom space, and Student Life offices opens in August.

Cornish Commons, the new residence hall and academic building being developed for Cornish College of...

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March 1, 2015

Alumni Centennial Bash a Huge Success

There was a once-in-a-century chance to have a terrific Cornish centennial celebration for alumni. Nailed it!

It was the largest Cornish alumni gathering ever, a testament to the new energy being put into r...

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February 27, 2015

Rizo Rocks Zinzanni

Lady Rizo, Amelia Zirin-Brown ’99 , is one of the best performers you’ll ever see up close—and you can be very close indeed in Seattle's famed spiegeltent. She’s headlining at Teatro Zinzanni.

Lady Rizo makes a world for you at her performances, a place of danger but offering — paradoxicall...

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February 17, 2015

Cornish Presents Continues with Pianist Dr. Peter Mack

Called technically infallible and indefatigable, Dr. Peter Mack brings his virtuosic command of the piano to the stage of the PONCHO February 22.

Sometimes you look far and wide to bring in the best; sometimes they are to be found right next door...

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February 13, 2015

Dance Seniors Show Off Their Style

The 2015 BFA Dance Concerts on February 14 and 21, showcase the choreography and performance work of Cornish Dance Department’s class of 2015.

An eclectic array of dance styles and viewpoints make up the 2015 BFA Dance Concerts this Saturday a...

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February 10, 2015

Nienkämper Brings Design Star Power to Cornish

As Cornish redefines and strengthens its Interior Architecture program within the Design Department, designer and entrepreneur Klaus Nienkämper pays a perfectly timed visit.

You should have learned the name if you love design, but even if you haven’t, you know the work of...

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February 5, 2015

Cornish Art Show Illuminates Changes in Curriculum

"Changing Our Stripes: The New Art Program at Cornish" proudly shows off the results of a new, integrated approach.

At a century-old beloved Seattle institution where Mark Tobey once taught painting, changing up the...

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January 29, 2015

Theater Winter New Works Festival Underway

The Cornish Theater Department’s Original Works students bring plays under development for the Cornish Playhouse Studio with the Theater Winter New Works Festival.

​The 2015 Cornish Winter New Works Festival is in production and set to open February 6 at the Stu...

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January 29, 2015

Cornish College of the Arts Joins Kronos’ Fifty For The Future

Cornish President Nancy J. Uscher announced today that Cornish will be part of an exciting new program for the training of students and emerging professionals in music.

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association’s new program, Fifty for the Future: The Kro...

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January 23, 2015

Cornish Presents 2015 Season Starts Jan. 25

Cornish's 35-year-old music series returns to Poncho Concert Hall with special appearances by visiting jazz artists and local classical musicians.

The Spring 2015 Cornish Presents music series kicks off Jan. 25 with the Ben Wendel Quartet at the P...