A judge has ruled that a group of students and faculty members may oppose the merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college with the much larger George Washington University and National Gallery of Art, the Associated Press reports.
Nine students and members of the faculty and staff will be able to argue against the merger in court, the judge, Robert Okun of the District of Columbia Superior Court, ruled on Monday, citing their special interest in the merger. The group has mounted a campaign to save Corcoran’s autonomy and will be able to participate in hearings on the issue slated to begin this month.
Anemic finances have motivated the merger, which is also backed by the District of Columbia government. Corcoran’s lawyers say a delay in the merger would result in layoffs and the museum’s closure.