Cornish News

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August 22, 2016

Senior Thesis on Lives of Artists of Color Goes Public

Raisins in a Glass of Milk, the result of 40 interviews with people of color, comes to the stage of the Cornish Playhouse’s Alhadeff Studio at Seattle Center. Don't miss the limited run at the Alhadeff Studio, August 25 to 27.

Three recent alumni, Maya Burton ’16, Alexandria Chipman ’16, and Sherif Amin '16 turned their s...

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August 10, 2016

Seattle, Summer, Science Fiction & Cosplay

All over the City of Seattle there are things to do all year long, but summer is special — especially if you're into cosplay.

Right around the corner from Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is the International DOTA 2 Champio...

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August 2, 2016

100 Years of Dance at Cornish Celebrated Onstage This Season

The oldest dance department in America celebrates its 100th year. Present at the birth of modern dance, Cornish offered students study in a wide variety of forms, led by ballet. This year it offers a stunning array of events to mark the occasion, headlined by Kyle Abraham's “When We Take Flight” and the residency of Abraham.In.Motion dancer Connie Shiau.

In the fall of 1916, Mary Ann Wells founded the Dance Department, taking over the existing dance and...

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July 29, 2016

Composer, Clarinetist Falzone Named Chair of Music

An award-winning clarinetist and composer as well as a respected educator, newly appointed Chair of Music James Falzone seeks a department that "meets today’s challenges and reflects Cornish’s rich history and values.

Moira Scott Payne, provost and vice-president for academic affairs, announced today that clarinetist...

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July 11, 2016

Chris Kevorkian Named Interim President of Cornish

Facing an interim period as they search for a long-term president, the Cornish Board of Trustees finds the perfect person to head the College, Chris Kevorkian.

On July 11, the Board of Trustees of Cornish College of the Arts announced the selection of an inter...

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July 10, 2016

The Woodwinds of Change: Music Grads Out in the World

Graduated from 2009 to 2015, here is a progress report on five impressive woodwind-playing alumni of the Cornish's Music Department.

Cornish has graduated any number of artists in the performing and visual arts. It’s a great pleasu...

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July 1, 2016

Mary Lambert Sings Out For #HereIAm

Cornish graduate Mary Lambert ’11 has won awards for her music and for her social activism. Now she’s part of J.C. Penney’s #HereIAm campaign for body positivity.

Singer Mary Lambert turns her music into a powerful tool for speaking out about the issues that conc...

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June 20, 2016

Research in London Highlights Alumna Bonnie Bird

The trail of the rediscovery of prominent almuna and head of dance Bonnie Bird '27-30 leads to the institution to which she dedicated the last portion of her career, Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Trinity Laban houses the Bonnie Bird Theatre and its archive is the home of the Bonnie Bird Collection.

by Maximilian Bocek It is the world's largest purpose-built contemporary dance center and dance sc...

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June 6, 2016

Seattle International Dance Festival Returns To Cornish

This 16-day dance extravaganza known as SIDF brings a bold mix of global and local contemporary dance artists to our campus. Don’t miss faculty member Deborah Wolf at Raisbeck Hall on June 17 and 18 and the closing weekend event with a world premiere by Cornish faculty member Wade Madsen at the Broadway Performance Hall.

The Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF) returns to Cornish on June 10 with two wee...

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June 3, 2016

Eight Finalists Named For Neddy Artist Awards

Now in its 20th year, the Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual, unrestricted gifts of $25,000 to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region.

Melissa E. Feldman, director of the Neddy Artist Awards, announced earlier this week the 2016 finali...

As part of its stewardship of the Neddy Artists Awards, Cornish College of the Arts presents the Rob...

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May 25, 2016

Cornish Challenged To Meet $35,000 Match For Visiting Artists

Cornish's supporters have been challenged and we need your help to spread the word! Three generous donors are matching up to $35,000 in contributions to the Cornish's new Visiting Artists Fund. Donate online to the program of your choice and help continue a storied tradition that brings amazing guest artists to our students for in-depth and up-close interactions through master classes, residencies, workshops, and presentations.

Alumni and Cornish supporters are spreading the word that a donation to the Visiting Artist Fund giv...

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May 17, 2016

Commencement 2016 Welcome: Be Thoroughly Outrageous

In her welcome to the graduating Class of 2016, Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, President of Cornish College of the Arts, exorted them to not only be ready for what comes next, but to meet it head on, to be thoroughly outrageous in their approach to the arts and to life.

Delivered May 14, 2016 Commencement 2016 Welcome by President Nancy J Uscher, PhD. This is a mome...

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May 5, 2016

BFA EXPO 16, Microsoft HoloLens Exhibit, Thrill Viewers

Every year it's a circus at Cornish — the kind you want to see — as graduating seniors exhibit their BFA work at EXPO. This year, the exhibition opening featured a special treat, a collaboration between students and Microsoft.

​EXPO 16: Art & Design Exhibition of BFA students in the visual arts at Cornish was, as usual,...

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April 20, 2016

Expo 16 Includes Special Microsoft HoloLens Exhibit

Through the HoloLens exhibit brings students from Dance, Design, and Theater together with future technology from Microsoft. A special exhibition during April 29's opening reception for Expo 16 will allow the public to see how the student created animations and motion designs for Microsoft HoloLens.

Filling galleries in multiple buildings at Cornish College of the Arts’ downtown Seattle campus, E...

At the end of its Spring semester, Cornish students prepare and present many exhibitions and perform...

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April 20, 2016

April Brings Shakespeare, Clowns, and Original Works To Alhadeff

The Theater department's juniors are represented in Winter’s Tale and O!Fest running April 21 through May 1.

In April, Cornish presents Shakespeare, clowns, and original works in rotation at the Cornish Playho...

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April 18, 2016

Chiang Wins Vilcek Prize For Creative Promise

Seattle audiences have seen her work at Cornish, the Seattle Rep, and ACT; this past month Desdemona Chiang, who teaches directing at Cornish, was announced as a winner of the Vilcek Foundation 2016 Creative Promise Award in Theatre.

​ Her mother and father brought Desdemona Chiang to the New World from Taiwan when she was just a...

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April 13, 2016

Cornish Student Joins Alumni as Co-Host for Latina/o Theater Commons

Cornish has had for a long time an active Latina/Latino involvement. With College community members taking part in the 2016 LTC Pacific Northwest Convening, the activism achieves a new level.

Marco Voli '17 helping to host the Latina/o Theater Commons in association with HowlRound during a c...

In partnership with ACTLab, eSe Teatro will present Bernie’s Apt. in May. This world pre...

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April 7, 2016

Talking With Zootopia’s Kira Lehtomaki

“Never give up and never stop learning. The animation industry is competitive, but if you truly love what you do and you’re willing to put in the time and effort, I do strongly believe that you will get a break.” — Kira Lehtomaki, Animation Supervisor, Disney's Zootopia

by Marciana Romero '17 Recently I, a sophomore design student at Cornish, was given an amazing opp...

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April 2, 2016

Inside Interior Architecture: Drawing is Hard

What's life like as a student in Cornish's dynamic Interior Architecture program? Junior Carrie Gerstenberger gives us the low-down on some skills students need to develop.

​ By Carrie Gerstenberger '17 I am not a doodler. I have never been. I’m a list taker. The tho...

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March 29, 2016

Terpsichore’s Landing: A Cornish Tradition of Student Choreography

Cornish dance student Miranda Chantelois '17 delves into the inspiration behind Cornish's Terpsichore’s Landing in this reprint of her article from 2015.

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

An eclectic show to say the least, Terpsichore’s Landing is sure to have something for just about&...

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March 23, 2016

Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen To Give 2016 Commencement Address

Broadway legend Ben Vereen will give the Commenncement address as part of the 2016 graduation ceremonies at McCaw Hall on May 14.

Cornish College of the Arts President Nancy J. Uscher announced today that Honorary Doctorate degree...

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March 22, 2016

Ed Littlefield, Jr., Cornish, and a Better World

Cornish College of the Arts is supported by a number of fascinating people, but its hard to top Ed Littlefield for pure color. Musician, farmer, and philanthropist, Littlefield is always thinking of a better world; Cornish is part of that vision.

Owls: you don’t notice them at first, but once Ed Littlefield, Jr., points one or two out during a...

March 15, 2016

Applications Now Being Accepted For 2016 Neddy Artist Awards

The Neddy Artist Awards are now accepting applications. Each year, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given, one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts, to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists receive $1,500. All eight artists selected for this year’s grants will be included in a group exhibition in autumn 2016.

The call for applications for the Neddy Artist Awards, one of the largest unrestricted grants for No...

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March 3, 2016

Cornish Faculty Shows Coming In April

Cornish faculty are working artists. Even after they retire from teaching, their work in their field continues. Both Performance Production's Karen Gjelsteen and Music's Janice Giteck will be honored at events in April.

Two events on campus will feature the work of retired or retiring Cornish faculty this April. The...

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March 1, 2016

Women’s History Month at Cornish Offers Diverse Fare

Cornish's Inclusivity and Diversity Committee is sponsoring a number of events, and a series of posters, in celebration and reflection upon the contributions of women to art and society for March, Women’s History Month.

It’s hard to think of a place where it’s as natural and easy to celebrate Women’s History Mon...

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February 25, 2016

Cornish Theater Offers A Wide Variety Of Shows In Spring

Cornish's Spring semester is in full bloom now. Upcoming spring shows include the popular O!Fest clowns and original works, famous musicals, and Shakespeare for good measure.

Cornish's spring theater shows fill the majority of the college's South Lake Union and Seattle Cente...

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February 20, 2016

Kronos Quartet Residency Begins This Month

As previously announced, the Kronos Quartet will be in Seattle from February 20 to 24. They will lead a two-day interdisciplinary residency on campus with Cornish students that extends well outside of the music department. There will also be a number of free off-site events for students.

Cornish students from all departments will have an opportunity to interact with the famed Kronos Qua...

The Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cel...

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February 16, 2016

Scholastic Awards Hosted by Cornish

Congratulations are in order for 127 creative teens from across Washington State who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at an exhibition and ceremony hosted by Cornish.

​Cornish has, for the second year in a row, hosted the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this past...

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February 11, 2016

2016 B.F.A. Dance Concerts Showcase Cornish’s Emerging Dance Talent

Cornish's Dance Department enters its 100th year and the first event is a showcase of student talent. The seniors of 2016 worked with distinguished dance alumni and local luminaries to create their own works or perform solos in works created for them. Although event entry is free, patrons are encouraged to pay-what-you-can to support future dance scholarships.

The 2016 BFA Dance Concerts on February 20 and 27 showcase the choreography and performance wor...

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February 10, 2016

The Three Yells: Her Name Is Isaac

Aided by a Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency, Veronica Lee-Baik brings her finished multidisciplinary piece back to campus. At a time when people are tweeting #AskHerMore, Lee-Baik tackles gender and pay equity through a distinctly Asian lens. Blending modern technology with modern dance, she creates a thought-provoking work guaranteed to spark interesting discussions afterward.

The Three Yells: Her Name Is Isaac returns to Cornish this week. This multidisciplinary dance work d...