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Hello Alumni,

Earlier this fall, I enrolled in an online, month-long “Play with Clay” course through the Guggenheim Museum as “research” for work. I made numerous pinch and coil pots before turning my attention to my true calling: making clay food. This was in part due to my affection for Claes Oldenburg’s glorious Two Cheeseburgers, with Everything (Dual Hamburgers) on view at MoMA. Call it art, call it craft, call it mania–from roughly a pound of clay I’ve created a plate of pancakes, two hamburgers, a pretzel, slice of pizza, a cannoli, a croissant, a bagel, and a key lime pie. Oh, and an untold number of tiny hotdogs that I’ll be giving as Christmas gifts.

As the year draws to a close, I hope you too are leaning into your own creative niches, big or small. As always, please get in touch via the online form, or by emailing the alumni Gmail account! 

Very best,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Grace Reff (MA ’17) has become the associate director of development for Next Generation Philanthropy and Engagement at Vanderbilt University. Congratulations, Grace!

In his role as president of the Vilcek Foundation, Rick Kinsel (MA ‘99) helped spur the development of Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery, now on view in New York with exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Vilcek Foundation. Well done, Rick! 

Select Career Opportunities

Wyck House, Garden, and Farm is hiring a Manager of Interpretation and Engagement.

University of California Santa Barbara has opened a search for an Assistant Professor within the Arts, Architecture, and Material Culture of the United States. Application materials are due by December 31. 

The School of Human Ecology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Interior Design. Screening of applications will begin January 2. 

Caramoor seeks a fellow for a short-term period of in-person research at their historic site in Katonah, NY. This fellow would work with Jessa Krick (MA ’03). Application materials are due by January 22.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild has issued a call for papers for its inaugural Craft Studies Conference taking place March 1–3 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC. Application materials are due by January 3.  

The Cole Site invites applications for its 2024–25 Cole Fellowship. Application materials are due by January 24. 

The Division of Art History, New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University is seeking candidates for the Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design, a distinguished resident scholar and teaching position for the Fall 2024 semester. 

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of student scholarships to attend the 76th Annual Antiques Forum: Domestic Affairs, which will be held February 23–27, 2024. Application materials are due by December 22.

Application deadlines for BGC’s fellowships are fast approaching. The Fields of the Future Fellowships (January 15) promote diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world. Artists and scholars are urged to apply. Funding and housing are provided. Visiting Fellowships (March 1) provides scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with workspace in the BGC Research Center and an invitation to join BGC’s dynamic, intellectual, and scholarly community in New York City. These non-stipendiary visiting fellowships are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding.

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