Cornish News

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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...

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February 7, 2016

StuART Kicks Off Cornish Presents’ Spring Season

Cornish Presents' spring season brings master musicians and multidisciplinary programs to campus. Many programs provide students with additional opportunities to perform with major artists in their field.

Cornish College of the Arts’ visiting and resident artists series “Cornish Presents” opened it...

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February 4, 2016

Performance Production Senior Shelby Choo Receives USITT Award

Cornish senior Shelby Choo has been selected to participated in the 2016 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.

Cornish senior Shelby Choo will attend the USITT 56th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in March as...

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February 3, 2016

Midday Music Concerts Build Community At Cornish

“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department. But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline" - Tom Baker

Each semester, the Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts hosts a variety of free concerts...

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January 22, 2016

Cornish Mourns Teacher, Composer, Bern Herbolsheimer

Bern Herbolsheimer was top composer in the Northwest whose work was heard all over the world; a Cornish legend is gone at the age of 67.

​ A new recording with a number of Cornish connections, American Dreams, just came out a few month...

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January 13, 2016

The College Opens its Doors to the City with Spring at Cornish

Cornish moves to radically extend its non-undergraduate extension program with Spring at Cornish: the spring schedule of courses is a step towards synching up a year-round education for all ages with its degree programs.

​Not everyone can immerse themselves in the high-energy, high-density life of a full-time Cornish...

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January 5, 2016

Cornish’s Impact on Visual and Performing Arts Explored

The centennial of Cornish's founding continues to be a cause for celebration. With "Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Centennial Tribute to Nellie Cornish and Cornish College of the Arts," the brand new Cascadia Art Museum will be bringing together an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts from the early years of the College.

​Cornish's centennial year has just concluded at the College, but at Cascadia Art Museum, things a...

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December 18, 2015

Prof Timothy McCuen Piggee on “Golden, A Cabaret”

A theater student studying dramaturgy, Leah Webster '16 has spent this fall interviewing the directors for Cornish News. “Golden, A Cabaret” co-conceived and directed by professor Timothy McCuen Piggee, is open now and plays through December 18.

By Leah Erickson Webster This week I spoke with Timothy McKuen Piggee, award-winning actor, dir...

December 12, 2015

Cornish Launches Its Own Version of Wild Kate

Theater student Leah Webster '16 has spent this fall interviewing the directors for Cornish News. In Wild Kate, a production that opened this week, the director and students helped shaped a Seattle premiere, adding music and "in sync" swaying to a high seas adventure.

Wild Kate opens with the line:“Call me Isabel.” Then the audience is asked to board the Good Shi...

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December 11, 2015

Decking The Stages With Cornish Alumni

Every year, the Seattle theaters fill up in December with longer runs and bigger casts as Northwest families give the gift of experiences for the holidays. Going out for a show is tradition for many in December, with productions like ACT's A Christmas Carol now entering a fourth decade. As always, that means plenty of chances to catch Cornish graduates in action.

Holiday season means an explosion of shows throughout Seattle and nearby stages. As noted by Theater...

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December 8, 2015

Ellen Forney, Master of the Intimate, goes BIG

Cornish faculty member Ellen Forney has become well known for her comic book masterpiece of personal revelation, Marbles; now she’s made the jump to large-scale public art.

​Of the public spaces in Seattle, the new light rail station on Capitol Hill is perhaps the most p...

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December 4, 2015

President Uscher Announces She Will Leave In July 2016

The Cornish community learned yesterday that Dr. Nancy J. Uscher will not seek to renew her contract when it ends in July 2016. Dr. Uscher announced her decision yesterday to allow for an orderly transition. During her five years at Cornish, Dr. Uscher has overseen the building of Cornish Commons, the establishment of the film/media program, the beginning of online courses, and several more projects intended to last well into Cornish's second century.

President Nancy J. Uscher announced to faculty, staff, and students yesterday that she will leave he...

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November 24, 2015

Paul D. Miller Premieres “Peace Symphony” at Cornish

Beloved by his fans as DJ Spooky, Paul D. Miller brings the world premiere of a serious new work to the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center December 4 for one night only, "Peace Symphony," a ground-breaking piece that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

​by Tom Baker, Chair, Music Department ​​Paul D. Miller has carved himself an important nic...

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November 20, 2015

Desdemona Chiang Talks About Directing at Cornish

"(Anon)ymous" opens plays through November 22 at Raisbeck Performance Hall — Naomi Iizuka's adaptation of "The Odyssey" appears under the direction of Cornish directing instructor Desdemona Chiang. Senior Leah Webster caught up with her as the play finished tech rehearsals.

Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department’s fall season has been focused on contemporary adap...