Save The Corcoran Legal Team Delivers Results of Investigation to Corcoran Leadership

Investigation Uncovers Malfeasance, Representatives Demand
New Voices to Fill Board Vacancies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the legal firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP delivered a letter to Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design officials, citing leadership failures including potential charter violations, corporate waste, potential conflicts of interest and fundraising collapse. The letter, asking that Corcoran leadership fill three current vacancies on the Corcoran Board of Trustees with representatives selected by the Save the Corcoran Coalition Advisory Committee, was delivered to Board Chairman Harry Hopper, President and Director Fred Bollerer, and Chief Operating Officer Lauren Garcia, on behalf of the Save the Corcoran Coalition (enclosed).

The conclusion of the factual and legal investigation, as detailed in the letter, demand two actions:


  1. The Corcoran will end all corporate waste associated with an unlawful move outside of Washington, D.C., and publicly announce that the Corcoran will not move outside of the District;
  2. The Corcoran will fill the three current vacancies on its Board of Trustees with nominees selected from the Save the Corcoran Coalition’s Advisory Committee (response requested by October 19).



Save the Corcoran is a non-profit organization comprised of a broad community of Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design Trustees, donors, artists, students, faculty, alumni and supporters, united to oppose the sale of its 1897 Ernest Flagg Beaux-Art Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown DC. Proposing a more open and transparent dialogue about the future of the institution, the purpose of the coalition is to collaborate with Corcoran leadership and the Corcoran community to determine a solution that will address the needs of the Gallery and College, while maintaining its historic home and identity. For more information and/or to get involved, visit

Save the Corcoran / P.O. Box 26204 Washington, DC 20001

PDF Lettertotheboard 10-09-2012


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