Expo 16 Highlights Students’ Work With Microsoft HoloLens

Filling galleries in multiple buildings at Cornish College of the Arts’ downtown Seattle campus, Expo 16 is an expansive exhibition of work from graduating seniors in Cornish’s visual arts programs. This joint exhibition opens to the public on April 29. An “industry night” for the Northwest art community will be held April 28 and is by invitation only.

The seniors’ work can be seen at Beebe Building (Design), Centennial Lab (Art), and Notion Building (Through The HoloLens special exhibit) in Cornish’s South Lake Union campus.

As is typical at Cornish, the show is highly diverse. The art and design work in the exhibition ranges from traditional drawings, paintings, and photography to durational installations, video games, and performance pieces.

The Through the HoloLens installation at the Notion Building will be on view April 28 and 29 only. This mixed reality exhibit features original creative work by Cornish students from the Dance, Design, and Theater departments. Student performances were recorded on a 360° soundstage and then rendered as holographic videos produced specifically for viewing on the Microsoft HoloLens. Additional student animations and motion designs created for the HoloLens also will be on view. Through the HoloLens was made possible through a special grant from Microsoft.

“For the last year, our visual arts departments have been participating in a number of partnerships with major science and technology companies,” said President Nancy Uscher. “Microsoft has been incredibly generous in giving our students access to HoloLens. It is exhilarating to see the work produced by this partnership at the Expo.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Cornish College of the Arts, supporting students using holograms and Microsoft HoloLens as a completely new medium for creative expression. We are looking forward to continuing to see how artists will leverage holographic technology in ways we haven’t even imagined yet,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Windows and Microsoft HoloLens Experiences at Microsoft Corp.

Further information on Expo 16 participating students is available online at http://www.cornish.edu/expo

Expo 16: Art & Design BFA Exhibition

April 29 – May 15

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Centennial Lab

2000 Terry Avenue


Beebe Building

2014 9th Avenue

Through The HoloLens

Notion Building

April 28, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (invitation only)

April 29, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (open to the public)

More About Microsoft’s HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first fully untethered, self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10. It allows people to interact with high-definition holograms in their real world. Find out more at www.microsoft.com/hololens.

More On April at Cornish College of the Arts

At the end of its Spring semester, Cornish students prepare and present many exhibitions and performances which take place at the college’s venues on Capitol Hill, in South Lake Union, and at the Seattle Center as well as the surrounding city. In addition to Expo 16, the final week of April includes O!Fest and The Winter’s Tale at the Cornish Playhouse’s Alhadeff Studio at the Seattle Center. These Theater department shows include free Shakespeare, original works, and Cornish’s famous Clown Show from April 21 through 30. Also that week are Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2016 Concert at the Cornish Playhouse, April 22 and 23; Spaces of Exception at Occidental Square, a site-specific installation created by the college’s sophomore students by invitation of the Downtown Seattle Association; Varied Perspectives, the Foundations (freshmen year) gallery show in the Main Campus Center first floor gallery; The Silver Fox, a modern opera presented at PONCHO at Kerry Hall on April 25; and Scores of Sound, a three-day student music festival at PONCHO at Kerry Hall from April 26 to April 29. A complete list of all events happening at Cornish is available at www.cornish.edu/calendar. The majority of these events are free or pay-what-you-will.

Since its beginning more than one hundred years ago in Seattle, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. Cornish College of the Arts awards Bachelor of Fine Arts in art, dance, design, film+media, performance production, and theater, and a Bachelor of Music as well as a post graduate Artist Diploma in Early Music. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. Cornish is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Expo 16 is made possible through the generous support of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Microsoft.