Good Potato.




Welcome to the website of Cory Bernat.
“You sure are handy to have around, Cory. You're a good potato.”

I care about successful design, substantial ideas, inclusivity and accessibility. I am a professor in the MA program of exhibit design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. I co-curated an exhibit about food at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, on view until 2017. Before that, I created When Beans Were Bullets, an exhibit of war-era food posters at the National Agricultural Library.

What I Do

I create smart designs, solve problems, and clarify ideas. I also research + develop exhibits, paint murals, install vinyl, edit thesis papers, and lead tours. I seek ways to encourage creativity in others.

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Who I Am

I am an original thinker and astute observer who works well in many roles. I am a designer, creative director, professor, curator, food historian, and former disguise technician. I am happiest being multi-disciplined and hands-on.

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My Work

Before my time at the Smithsonian, I worked at the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, the San Francisco Art Institute, and on Alcatraz Island. Prior to that, I was a student of art + design. I also made disguises for the CIA.

Thumbnails and slideshow below highlight a selection of projects and roles.

Let’s Work Together.

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