Cornish News

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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 ...

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January 4, 2017

Veronica Lee-Baik and Company Reconstruct “Giselle”

Alumna Veronica Lee-Baik '98 covers much exciting new ground with her company, The Three Yells. On January 6-7, it's "Giselle Deconstruct." An appreciation of multiple disciplines and the ease of collaboration has kept her close to Cornish.

The photos are haunting: dancers crouching beneath clear plastic bins or encased in hoops, moving th...

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December 14, 2016

Microsoft Innovative Educator Genevieve Tremblay

As Interim Chair of Creative Corridor, Genevieve Gaiser Tremblay has organized a number of special events and partnerships for the college. In August she was named a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Later in the fall, she worked on 9e2, bringing artist Geraldine Ondrizek’s exhibition, Origins of Biometric Data, to President's Gallery. Another recent collaboration is with the students of Julie Myers, the chair of Interior Architecture, and the Friday Harbor Laboratories, the University of Washington's marine science research and education center on San Juan Island.

Genevieve Gaiser Tremblay was selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert in 2016, j...

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December 13, 2016

Music Graduate Reports On Life After Cornish

Jason McCauley was a well-known figure in Cornish’s administrative offices. His beautiful playing of the classics and his own compositions on the six-foot Steinway grand in the vestibule was the soundtrack to our work for several years. A graduate of the Music Department, McCauley has taken his BM and gone an exciting and unexpected direction: graduate study for a master’s degree in liberal studies at venerable, rigorous St. John’s College of Annapolis and Santa Fe. He plans to continue on to a doctorate. McCauley’s study is a vibrant reminder that Cornish teaches not just the arts, but the liberal arts.

From Jason McCauley, Class of 2016: I started at St. John's College right after graduation, in t...

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December 1, 2016

Huey Stars In Front of Hometown Crowd

Cornish College of the Arts graduate Diana Huey stars in the current production of Disney's Little Mermaid at the 5th Avenue Theatre. In 2017, The 5th Avenue’s spectacular new production will go on to play engagements in Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Louisville, among other cities. But for Huey, one of the real charms of this casting was the opportunity to return to Seattle.

When Diana Huey ’08 received the call to audition for Disney’s Little Mermaid, she could think o...

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November 21, 2016

Cornish Interior Architecture Students Dive Deep into Design at Friday Harbor Labs

Genevieve Tremblay (Interim Chair, Creative Corridor) and Julie Myers (Chair, Interior Architecture) led a 3-day site visit and design challenge for the junior and senior Cornish Interior Architecture students at Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine science research and education center on San Juan Island. In Fall of 2016, Cornish announced a new Interior Architecture program, led by founding Chair, Julie Myers. It has been a course of study for many years, but this year will be the first for this degree pathway.

This past summer, Tremblay spent two weeks as a Helen R. Whiteley Center artist/scholar in residence...

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November 18, 2016

Cornish Dancers “Take Flight” This Fall

The Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2016 Concert is coming right up, presenting November 18 and 19 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. Junior Theresa Alexander '17 writes on the process of setting Kyle Abraham's "When We Take Flight."

By Theresa Alexander '17 There are moments as a dancer when you realize that the world of dance...

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November 17, 2016

Cornish Prepares For 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

For the third year in a row, Cornish College of the Arts is hosting the Washington State Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year's event will be held at the Main Campus Center in February.

"It is not the prime object of the Scholastic Awards to provide a training ground for the artists of...