Small Plates: Corcoran College Mixes Art and Drinks

Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:59pm

Typically at art openings, the booze is brought to the exhibition. The Corcoran College of Art + Design, however, has decided to mix things up and bring the art to the booze as it unveils a collection of student works on display at M Bar at the Renaissance M Street Hotel (1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW).

Beginning today, the college will unveil a rotating collection of art created by students. The works will come from students with different majors and skill levels and they will feature paintings and photographs. Those who visit the Foggy Bottom bar will be able to buy any of the pieces that grab their eye while also enjoying specially priced drinks, such as $5 glasses of wine.

At 6 p.m. tonight, the bar will host “Put a CORC in It!,— a wine tasting to celebrate the opening of the show. The event is open to the public and it will include complimentary cheese and hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef John Therres. Students and instructors from the Corcoran College will be on hand to discuss the works and celebrate the opening.

The partnership with the Corcoran is part of an initiative by the Renaissance Hotels and Resorts to support local arts and artists. The hotel chain has long been a supporter of the arts and often features works by local artists in its hotel lobbies and bars.

The opening at M Bar precedes the “All-Senior Exhibition— that will be unveiled at the Corcoran Gallery on May 6 and run through May 25. The show is a chance for senior students to display a piece of their work for the public.