Media Alert/Photo Op: EXPO15 and Centennial Commencement

TONIGHT (May 8), 5 pm to 8 pm, between Terry and 9th Avenue

Given the great weather, the Cornish College of the Arts' South Lake Union campus art walk should turn into an impromptu block party between Centennial Lab, 2000 Terry Ave, and Bebee Building, 2014 9th Avenue, as EXPO15 opens to the public.  Ninety-eight art and design seniors will welcome friends and family to multiple galleries.

EXPO15 Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 5 - 8 pm, at Cornish College of the Arts main campus

Art: 2000 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA
: 2014 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

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TOMORROW (May 9), 11 am to 1 pm, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

The commencement ceremony for Cornish College of the Arts' Class of 2015 will be held Saturday, May 9, starting at 11 a.m.  The ceremony is usually two hourslong; a short reception with light refreshments immediately follows.

Noted director and author Anne Bogart is the keynote speaker.  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 '10 and Richard Andriessen '10 (Andriessen will be in attendance to accept for both as Hoffer is currently appearing in "Death Drop Gorgeous") and the Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Kent Devereaux '82.

More about Cornish College of the Arts

Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree, and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

The College’s main campus is located at South Lake Union, where it is currently adding a 20-story residence hall that will open in August 2015. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department are located there. The Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall on Capitol Hill, where it has taught dance and music since the 1920s. This building also houses the PONCHO Concert Hall and the administrative offices of the Dance and Music Departments.

At the Seattle Center, Cornish operates the Cornish Playhouse, originally the home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Intiman Theatre. Today the Cornish Playhouse and the Cornish Playhouse Studio serve as the home for many student productions as well as serving more than 30 nonprofits annually.



Digital photos from EXPO15 and commencement will be available on Monday, May 11. Please contact Rosemary Jones, 206-726-5169 for more information or image requests.