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August 31, 2015

Cornish Well Represented In Gregory Awards Nominations

Cornish alumni and faculty work in every aspect of Seattle theater. Not surprisingly, when awards season rolls around in the fall, most lists include numerous Cornish names.

Earlier this month, Theatre Puget Sound has announced the nominees for the 2015 Gregory Awards*, hon...

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August 27, 2015

President Uscher’s Remarks On Opening Of Cornish Commons

At 4:15 p.m. today, President Nancy Uscher and Capstone Development Partners principal Bruce McKee cut the red ribbon to open Cornish Commons, the latest addition to the Cornish College of the Arts' campus. Following are President Uscher's remarks on this historic occaison.

My dear friends: Today we are making history.  The new Cornish Commons is the first ground up b...

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August 25, 2015

Taub Takes on National Post, New Project

Things have been busy for Paul Taub, noted flutist and professor of music at Cornish, with a new national post with the National Flute Association and a commissioning project.

​ Music professor and flutist Paul Taub has been elected to a two-year term on the Executive Commi...

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August 24, 2015

Cornish Announces Fall Events

Fall season 2015 at Cornish features visiting artists and student performances at Seattle Center, Cornish Main Campus, and Capitol Hill.

Since opening in 1914, the Cornish College of the Arts has introduced Seattle audiences to iconic vi...

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August 20, 2015

Dr. Uscher Discusses Cornish’s Many New Projects

Cornish College of the Arts is “rising to new heights” in more ways than one! Most obvious is the state-of-the-art, 20-story Cornish Commons opening August 27, but KING-FM’s Marta Zekan recently talked with Cornish president, Dr. Nancy Uscher, about the expanding facilities and growing academic programs as well as several exciting events coming this fall, including the start of a 5-year residency for the Kronos Quartet.

Cornish College of the Arts has raised its national and international profile significantly in recen...

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July 23, 2015

Robynne Raye Exibits Posters in China

Robynne Raye’s packaging class exhibition This Side Up has become an anticipated yearly event at Cornish; now she’s creating a stir with design work of her own—in China.

Cornish faculty member Robynne Raye had three posters exhibited this past May in China at the Guansh...

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July 21, 2015

Accelerated Master of Arts In Teaching Offered to Cornish Students

A new program developed by Cornish and the Vermont College of Fine Arts offers five-year combined BFA and MAT.

​Cornish students who envisage a career as teachers of pre-school to 12th-grade art and design now...

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July 17, 2015

Williams Win Caps Banner Year for Interior Architecture

With Donguia Scholarship win, Alexa Williams joins fellow Interior Architecture students at the top.

​Design senior Alexa Williams '16, entering her senior year in Interior Architecture, has won a pr...

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July 9, 2015

We Must Do What We Say We Will Do

Student Housing Matters, a publication of Capstone On-Campus Management, recently started a new column called The Buzz. Writer Alton Irwin asked higher education thought leaders, including Cornish College of the Arts President Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, to talk about "intentionality" and why it impacts colleges today. Here's President Uscher's thoughts on the subject.

​Dr. Nancy Uscher became the president of Cornish College of the Arts in 2011. She is the first wo...

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July 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Nellie — What Cornish Means to Me

From the Cornish archives, for Nellie Cornish's birthday in the centennial year of her Cornish School, a charming, never-before-published manuscript by her adopted daughter, Elena Miramova.

In 1963, the editors of Nellie Cornish's autobiography, Miss Aunt Nellie, were gathering reminiscenc...

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June 29, 2015

Cornish Playhouse Offers Space To Create

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator program offers local artists a place to create and collaborate. The Changeling Project, part of the 2014/15 Arts Incubator, will be open to the public on Thursday, July 2. Creators Adriana Camoy and Charles McCall invite their audience to enjoy a combination of dance and poetry, then give feedback on their work-in-progress.

In a city where the space to create is hard to find, Cornish Playhouse offers artists interested in...

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June 26, 2015

Nicolella Discusses CDs and Concerts

Faculty member Michael Nicolella teaches classical guitar at Cornish College of the Arts. With wide-ranging interests, his solo concert and recording career has garnered great reviews from the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. His own articles on performing Bach appeared in Guitar Player this spring.

Guitarist/composer Tom Baker (Cornish’s interim chair of music) and guitarist/composer Michael Nic...

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June 18, 2015

Cornish@Amazon Summer Outdoor Concert Series Returns

What happens when you mix the campus of an Internet giant with the campus of an arts college? For the third consecutive summer, you get a free, open-air music series. The Cornish@Amazon concert series runs every Thursday from June 18 to Oct 1 at noon.

Cornish College of the Arts’ popular free summer concert series returned to Van Vorst Plaza today...

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June 16, 2015

Cornish Joins New MOOC Site Aimed At The Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is one of the initial educational partners of Kadenze.com, an online learning platform specifically built for the arts and creative technologies.

Open to learners anywhere in the world, Kadenze.com launched on June 16 with “Introduction to...

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June 12, 2015

Cornish Alumni Share Kudos for SIFF Audience Favorite Documentary

Success for Cornish grads in award-winning documentary "Even the Walls": the Film + Media program is brand new, but the success of our alumni is a reminder that Cornish has been active in the field for a good long while.

​The film, Even the Walls, selected for showing at the Seattle Film Festival (SIFF) threw light on...

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June 9, 2015

Neddy Artist Award Finalists Announced

Each year, eight artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region are chosen as Neddy Artist Awards finalists. From these eight artists, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given — one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts. The remaining six finalists each receive $1,500 and are included in a group exhibition in September.

Robin Held, director of the Neddy Artist Awards, announced today the 2015 finalists. In painting, th...

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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...