The Corcoran in Washington, D.C. serves as both an art gallery and a college of art and design. The Corcoran Gallery of Art officially opened its doors in 1874 and has been going strong ever since. The gallery was founded “for the purpose of encouraging American Genius,” and this is reflected in its collection of both historic and contemporary works. The Corcoran Gallery of Art continues to encourage genius by showing and expanding its collection of modern art, often with a focus on the local art scene.
In addition to the gallery, the Corcoran has expanded beyond its original charter into a College of Art and Design. The college offers accredited associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs with a wide variety of majors. As an art gallery and college, the Corcoran offers the best of both worlds with firm roots in the past—and an eye to the future.
With its historic works, modern art, and vast collection of international decor, the Corcoran is a must see for anyone with an interest in all things art. Be sure to check its website for special exhibits.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006