With questions hanging over Corcoran merger, GW focuses on opportunities for arts

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The University will absorb the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Wednesday's announcement sets off about six weeks of negotiations to hammer out details.

He called bringing together the school’s liberal arts field in a practical way a “new model for liberal arts education in the 21st century.”

“While there are definitely opportunities for attracting a new type of student, this offers incredible resources for our existing students. It really stretches our arms in ways that we have not yet had the ability to do,” he said.

The merger will get underway as the University completes the Textile Museum on G Street, right next to the academic building Corcoran Hall. Both the building and the arts institution were named after William Wilson Corcoran, the famed collector who was president of GW’s Board of Trustees from 1869 to 1888.

“Our approach to the museum is not to just have a museum on campus because it’s good to have a museum on campus,” Knapp said. “It’s an extremely rich collection for an academic interaction.”

Cory Weinberg and Sarah Ferris contributed reporting.

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