Only a block from the White House and just a short walk from the historic National Mall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major center of American and European art. It is simultaneously one of America’s most distinguished museums and... Read More
Only a block from the White House and just a short walk from the historic National Mall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major center of American and European art. It is simultaneously one of America’s most distinguished museums and colleges of art and design. It is a place where the past, present, and future of the visual arts come to life. The museum’s extensive collection of American and European masterworks present the best of the past; through its ongoing exhibitions of contemporary art, it positions itself in the present; and, in its classrooms, studios, and high school outreach programs, it anticipates the future in its work for young people.
The first and largest non-federal art museum in the nation’s capital, the Corcoran was founded in 1869 by banker and philanthropist William Wilson Corcoran as an institution “dedicated to art, and used solely for the purpose of encouraging the American genius.” One year older than The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Washington’s first art museum and ranks with the Wadsworth Athenaeum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as one of the three oldest museums in the country. The museum is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art as well as European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.
The Corcoran’s College of Art + Design, the only professional art and design school in the nation’s capital, draws thousands for formal training and continuing education in the visual arts. The accredited College offers degree programs for Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, and Masters of Arts. In addition, the Corcoran’s Continuing Education program for children, teens, and adults is the largest and most diversified program of its kind in the nation’s capital.
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