Corcoran Gallery and College, National Gallery, GWU collaboration

WASHINGTON (AP) - The privately held Corcoran Gallery of Art across the street from the White House is set to be taken over by George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art.

The three institutions announced the partnership Tuesday. The proposed deal would have GWU take ownership of the Corcoran building and operate the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The National Gallery would organize and present exhibitions in the building and take responsibility for the Corcoran's collection.

The board of trustees overseeing the Corcoran had considered selling the landmark Beaux-Arts building, which needs a $130 million renovation. GWU would be responsible for renovating the building, but has not committed to spending that much.

The Corcoran was founded in 1869 with a mission of dedication to art and "encouraging American genius."

Both the Corcoran and GWU released statements following the announcement:

"All of us at the National Gallery of Art are excited at the prospect of working with the Corcoran and George Washington University in a unique collaboration that ensures the Corcoran legacy, keeps the core collection in the nation's capital and offers great opportunities for exhibitions of contemporary art and programming," said Earl A. Powell III, Director, National Gallery of Art.

"The George Washington University will work with the Corcoran to create a world-class arts education program in close affiliation with the National Gallery of Art. Such a program, situated in this iconic Washington landmark, will offer unparalleled opportunities for students and scholars, and provide a powerful new focus for the arts in the heart of the nation's capital,"
said GW President Steven Knapp.

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