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Kevin Delinger

Corcoran Gallery Docent

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From: Washington, IL

Lives: Hyattsville, MD

Education: Geology and Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology; MA in Political Theory, Catholic University

Docent since: 2012

Quote to live by:All good things…come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy,” from Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It

"It is because art ‘does not come easy’ that the Corcoran Gallery and College are so important — and why I don’t think of my work as a docent as merely a hobby or pleasant diversion."

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Reyna Levine

MA, New Media Photo Journalism (spring 2013 graduate)

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From: Kalamazoo, MI

Lives: Cleveland Park

Loves: swimming and step aerobics. “It’s ridiculous, but the step aerobics class at my gym in Tenlytown is so fun. There are ladies in that class who’ve been doing this since Jazzercise was big.”

Reyna’s thesis: “I spent three months living in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan near a 90-year-old blind and deaf man named Lauri Wilhelm Lappi. My thesis project includes photos and a video that combines still and moving images, including 8mm historical photos of Lappi’s family.” The work examines what it’s like to be isolated and aging in the Upper Peninsula, a place known for its harsh weather and stoic inhabitants.

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David Levinthal

Photographer

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From: San Francisco

Lives: New York City

Education: SM, Management Science, MIT; MFA Photography, Yale University; AB Studio Art, Stanford University

Preparing for: David Levinthal: War Games (May 11-September 1, 2013) and the Annual Dudley Memorial Lecture, May 9, 2013

Hobbies: Watching pro football with his eight-year-old son, Sam

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Pamela Lawton

Director of Education Studies, Corcoran College of Art + Design

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From: Washington, D.C. (fifth-generation teacher)

Lives: Upper Marlboro, MD

Education: University of Virginia, BA, Studio Art/Sociology; Howard University, MFA, Printmaking; Teachers College, Columbia University, EdDCT, Art Education

Favorite Corcoran moments: Graduation. “As I call out the students’ names, I have emotional flashbacks of seeing them grow. They’re going out into the world to use art to change people’s lives.”

Hidden Talent: Beautiful soprano voice—almost pursued a singing career

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Alexandra Collins

Corcoran Class of 2013

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Born: Basingstoke, England

Lives: Rosslyn, VA

Previous Homes: England, Mississippi, Germany, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, and New York

Studying: BFA in Graphic Design

Dream Career: Designer for Vogue

Current Day Job: Georgetown Cupcake, Fondant Artist and Floor Supervisor

Bake anything good lately?: “A giant pink Croc shoe made of 2,000 cupcakes.”

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Joff Masukawa

Art collector and Corcoran Contemporary

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From: Los Angeles, CA

Lives: NW D.C.

Education: Columbia and Johns Hopkins

Favorite exhibition: 30 Americans (Joff served on the Community Advisory Committee)

Why join Corcoran Contemporaries?: “As a Contemporary, my curiosity and thirst to understand is informed and challenged by artists, curators, and collectors who are passionate about art today.”

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Vivian Laws-Ritter

Visitor Services Representative

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From: Battle Creek, MI

Lives in: Brightwood, D.C.

Other job: National Ambassador for the Sojourner Truth Institute in Battle Creek, MI

Most memorable day at the Corcoran: “First Lady Laura Bush came in with some of her girlfriends from Texas—unannounced. The director wasn’t there to greet her, so I thought, ‘It’s up to me,’ and I gave them a tour myself.”

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Jenn Parnell

Continuing Education Faculty, Jewelry

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From: Fairfax, VA

Lives: Laurel, MD

Degrees: Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RISD and an MFA from Towson

Teaches: Introduction/Intermediate Jewelry, Production Art Jewelry, Advanced Hollow Construction, Traditional Enameling

What are you wearing?: “A sterling silver ring I made with casting. Inside the bowl is a pearl surrounded by glass enamel.”

Most meaningful work?: “When friends ask me to make their wedding rings. I made one using repurposed stones from the bride’s inherited family jewelry.”

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Mac Cosgrove-Davies

Photographer, member, descendant of Arthur B. Davies

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From: Mount Holly, NJ

Education: BA, Gettysburg College; MA, George Washington University

Lives: Arlington, VA

Works for: World Bank, Energy Sector

Photographic interest: historic processes, including cyanotype and gum bichromate

Why he supports the Corcoran: ”The superb collection, especially paintings by American artists like my great-grandfather.”

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Joey P. Mánlapaz

Artist and teacher, Continuing Education and College

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Born: Quezon City, Philippines

Lives: Capitol Hill

Education: George Washington University, undergraduate and MFA degrees

Lived in D.C. since: 1991

Teaches: Drawing and Painting

What are you working on now?: “A body of work focused on city landscapes. I call them ‘street accessories’: things like newspaper bins and payphones. I have a knack for painting things that will eventually be extinct.”

The love of her life?: Culot, her lakeland terrier

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Geoff Cleveland

Chair, 1869 Societyimage

From: New Jersey

Lives: Arlington, VA

Education: GWU, International Business and Psychology

Occupation: RBC Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Why join the 1869 Society?: “We have a terrific community of young professionals who have a shared interest in strengthening one of America’s oldest art museums. Our members have a special bond that is cultivated through exclusive and exciting events year round.”

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Richard Ormond

Scholar, Grandnephew of John Singer Sargent

Lives: London

Organized: Sargent and the Sea (2009-10; with Sarah Cash).

Working on: The ninth and final volume of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné

Experience: Director of the National Maritime Museum; Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London

On Sargent and art students: “He did exactly what he said they shouldn’t do—he took time from his own work to help younger artists.”

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