Muriel Hasbun at SAAM and with Corcoran student at LAYC workshop; Video screenshot SAAM/Tiph Browne

Teaching philosophy

I am committed to mentoring by example and to creating educational environments that promote excellence and inquisitiveness in artistic expression. I communicate openly to students about my own thoughts and challenges, creating an accepting and nurturing space. I also expect a strong work ethic, informed dialogue, and a high level of performance. I bring an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, as well as an awareness of contemporary art practice and theory in a global context. By exposing students to a diversity of voices, artistic approaches and cultural experiences, students are invited to embrace a world where their own definitions of identity, place and representation are challenged and reinvented as they come into their own.

Hand in hand with teaching and developing photography curricula as Chair of Photography and Professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design (1995-2016), Program Chair and Professor at the George Washington University (2016-18) my work extends to engaging communities across borders and socio-cultural divides in a dialogue about personal and collective memory and history. I am now Professor Emerita at George Washington University and Visiting Artist at the Hartford Art School's MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program. I founded and direct Laberinto Projects, a transnational, cultural memory and education initiative that fosters contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its U.S. diaspora, through exhibitions, art education, artist residencies and community engagement.


For a full listing of teaching experience, visiting artist lectures and workshops, please check out my CV, listed and downloadable on the website.


    The Washington Post Review of Academy 2012 


La Prensa Gráfica Article about Corcoran students in El Salvador & 2 Museums, 2 Nations, 1 Identity, 2012

Corcoran Press Release for 2 Museums, 2 Nations, 1 Identity, 2012


Art Museum of the Americas Press Release for 2 Museums, 2 Nations, 1 Identity, 2012 


City Paper Review of NEXT 2012 



    The Washington Post Going Out Guide's Review of NEXT 2012 
    Washington Post Review of NEXT 2012 

Brightest Young Things Review of NEXT 2012




Complex Review of NEXT 2012




City Paper Arts Desk Best Photographs of 2011



    The Washington Post Review of On the Lakeshore and Other Stories, 2011
    PDN: "Found in Translation" 2010
    The Washington Post Review of Fotoweek DC, 2010 
    The Washington Post Review of FotoViajeros, 2008
    Mexico Place and Narrative Class Blog 2012:Arroz y Frijoles
    El Salvador International Experience/Transnational Identity Class Blog 2012: Miramar
    Mexico Place and Narrative Class Blog 2011: 6 Mujeres 
    El Salvador Class Blog 2008: FotoViajeros