Columbian Grad Alumni

Alumna’s Artwork on Display at VSTC

Marian Osher, GW MFA ’72, was afraid to fly for three years after her flight was detoured on 9/11. Her in-flight fascination with the textures and abstractions of the earth and clouds inspired her to create colorful mixed-media paintings and wall hangings that helped her to overcome her fear of flying.

Digging Up D.C. History

Don’t tell archaeologist Kate Birmingham, MA ’10, that discoveries are only made in far off deserts. With the National Park Service, the Museum Studies alumna is bringing history home, uncovering the District’s history of Native American settlements and shocking slave plantations.

Alumna’s Book Charts Path to ‘Mr. President’

How do you address the first leader of a brand new country? For George Washington, the possibilities ranged from “His Majesty” to “Mr. President.” In her book For Fear of an Elective King and as the featured speaker at this year’s George Washington Lecture, Kathleen (Kata) Bartoloni-Tuazon, MPhil ’06, PhD ’10, recalled the great presidential title controversy of 1789.

A Dance of Their Own

For two dancers, the MFA dance program offered more than an opportunity to hone their skills and further their professional ambitions. It provided an artistic forum to explore their cultural identities through deeply personal performances. 

Color Me Cautious

Coloring books for adults may be a bestselling craze, but Donna Betts cautions the public to look between the lines and not mistake them for art therapy.

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