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Canceled Wernick-Richman Lecture Series
Start Date: 3/21/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/21/2018End Time: 8:00 PM

Wednesday’s Wernick-Richman Lecture has been CANCELLED due to weather.

Stay tuned on when it will be rescheduled later this spring!

The Wernick-Richman Lecture Series on Professional Practices provides an opportunity for internationally recognized artists, curators, critics, and design professionals from around the world to engage with students from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design through the lens of professional practice.

Each year, we invite three innovative creative practitioners to give a public lecture where members of the GW community and the broader DC public listen to diverse perspectives and gain insight into strategies for professional success. In addition to presenting a public lecture, each speaker engages with students—particularly those who are close to graduating and on the cusp of starting their own professional practices—through participation in individual meetings, studio visits, a master class, roundtable meetings and/or a group dinner.

This year's speakers are producer Maggie Contreras, Schema's Christian Marc Schmidt, and writer and curator Kayleigh N. Bryant-Greenwell.


We are pleased to announce this year's practitioners:

Kayleigh N. Bryant-Greenwell
Curator. Writer. Activist. 

Christian Marc Schmidt
Principal, Schema

Maggie Contreras
Film producer

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is a Washington, D.C. native and a cultural programmer with over 10 years of GLAM experience [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] , devoted to exploring ways to engage with marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice. She is a contributing author to the recently published Museum As Site for Social Action [MASS Action] toolkit produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In 2017 she joins the Empathetic Museum initiative in their efforts to increase empathy inside the museum profession. She lends her expertise in equity initiatives and transformational change to these social change programs.

In her new role as Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, she curates participatory public programs focusing on social justice issues, which empower museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity.

Maggie Contreras has come a long way from her birthplace of Tucson, Arizona. Born and raised by her mother, Linda, a teacher and director of religious education, and her father, Rene, a former silversmith, Ms. Contreras has always had her sights set high.

She was a fixture on the Washington theatre scene as an actress and a technical manager. She gained additional work shooting commercials and film (appearing in a number of short films that received national attention), as well as commercial spots (Sony, Senate Termite Control). Her voice can be heard on radios across the nation in advertisements for the Internal Revenue Service.

Ms. Contreras moved her career to L.A. in August 2006 and trained in the Boston University graduate acting program. She began her L.A. career in January of 2007 and is now a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Christian Marc Schmidt is Principal and Founder of Schema, a creative design and technology studio based in Seattle.

Schema focuses on the intersection of interaction design and data visualization. Clients range from corporations such as Bloomberg and Microsoft, to startups such as Actively Learn and institutions such as the University of Washington. Christian’s experience spans the fields of information design, interaction design, and media installation. Prior to founding Schema in 2012, Christian Marc Schmidt was a senior designer at Microsoft, an associate partner at Pentagram, and an interaction designer at IDEO. At Pentagram, Christian was lead designer for the One Laptop per Child interface designed for children in developing countries. His work on this project is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Naomi Rothwell
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