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Seasons Greetings Alumni,

I hope all’s been well with you since our last newsletter! I don’t know about you, but it seems we’ve arrived at the time of year when we start to plan to “circle back” to tasks and projects for the new year. But one event that can’t be put off is the Holiday Party at BGC on December 14! Be sure to check out the information for the party in the “BGC Events” below and send in your RSVP if you’re interested in attending the festivities. 

With that said, this is the last alumni newsletter (sniff!) for 2022! Using the news tips submissions as a barometer, I can tell it’s been an eventful year for everyone. Though 2022 is coming to a close, please continue sharing your news, either by email or through the online form. I really do enjoy hearing from you and giving your vast accomplishments a well-deserved boost. 

Best wishes for 2023,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

The catalogue for Michelle Tolini Finamore’s (PhD ‘10) exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour, is available for pre-order! The catalogue features essays by BGC alumni, including Sonya Abrego’s (PhD ‘15) “Westernwear: Complicating American Icons” and Emma McClendon (PhD Candidate) “Shaping the Standard Body: Sizing in American Fashion,” co-authored with Lauren Downing Peters. Congratulations, all!

Emma Scully (MA ’14) and her namesake gallery were recently featured in a New York Times article as being “among a new guard of gallerists who aspire to shake up the current contemporary design scene with new perspectives.” Well done, Emma!

Emma Cormack (MA ’18) and Michele Majer were interviewed about Threads of Power by April Calahan, host of the podcast “Dressed,” over two episodes (part 1; part 2). In October, Emma, Michele, and their co-curator, Ilona Kos, participated in Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable: Lacing Around the World and Across Time, a program hosted by the George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum in partnership with BGC and the Textilmuseum St. Gallen. Congratulations on such a stellar exhibit, Emma!

Ariana Bishop (MA ‘22) presented her QP research during NYC Jewelry Week, which took place November 14-20. Congratulations, Ariana!

Select Career Opportunities

Pratt Institute’s Department of the History of Art and Design has opened a search for an Assistant/Associate Professor. They are also seeking a Chairperson of the Department of History of Art and Design

The Department of Design at California State University Long Beach is currently seeking applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor with a specialization in design history and theory.

The Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor, Apparel Design. Application materials submitted by December 11 are assured full consideration.

The Department of Humanities at NYC College of Technology of CUNY is looking for adjunct instructors to teach the following courses in the spring semester of 2023: ARTH1100, History and Appreciation of Photography (Fri, 11:30am-2:00pm, Fri, 2:30pm-5:00pm) and ARTH1204, 20th Century Dress and Culture (Mon, 2:30pm – 5:00pm). These courses will be taught online synchronously. The class size for the courses is 35. For appointment as an adjunct lecturer, a minimum of a master’s degree in the field is required; for adjunct assistant professor, a Ph.D. or equivalent is required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior college-level teaching experience within  the same discipline in both online and in-person modalities. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and must provide a commutable distance address in the New York City Metropolitan area. Please contact us for details. If you are interested in teaching any of the courses, please send your c. v. to, and copy, and

The American & New England Studies Program at Boston University seeks a recent Ph.D. in American Studies (preferred) or related interdisciplinary preparation, for the Abbott Lowell Cummings Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Material Culture beginning in the fall semester 2023.

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is currently accepting applications. Application materials are due January 9, and the newly selected fellows will start in September 2023.

The American Antiquarian Society’s application cycle for 2023-2024 Fellowships (long and short term) is now open. Application materials are due by January 15.

The Art Bridges Fellows Program is seeking applicants for a Fellow in Exhibition Design at LACMA. Application materials are due by January 31.

The Victorian Society New York invites university student historians and recent graduates to submit proposals for its annual “Emerging Scholars” evening event on May 10, 2023. Application materials are due by March 10, 2023.

The Jewish Museum is hiring a Manager, Interpretive Media.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.

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Select BGC Events

Holiday Party for Alumni
Wednesday, December 14
5–7 pm ET (In Person)
RSVP here for a festive event at BGC to celebrate the season and partake in some holiday cheer! See who is in town as you greet old friends and meet new ones. Enjoy complimentary admission to the gallery, holiday treats, substantial discounts on items in the BGC store, and a special gift with any purchase. Alumni and the larger BGC family are invited, including faculty, members, donors, and friends. Also featuring–

  • A final special viewing of our current exhibition Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St Gallen. See it before it closes on January 1, 2023.
  • Access to the sold-out final lace-themed program, Preserving the Craft of Lacemaking in Contemporary Fashion: A conversation with designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla. Limited availability through the development office.

Preserving the Craft of Lacemaking in Contemporary Fashion
Wednesday, December 14
6 pm
An evening with acclaimed menswear designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla, an innovator in textile and craft conservation and the re-use, study, and preservation of antique lace. Bode, in conversation with Threads of Power curators Emma Cormack and Michele Majer, will explore the importance of the archive in contemporary lace fashion and how the craft of lacemaking connects us to our past, present, and future.

Select Virtual and In-Person Events in the World

Gold: Movement, Making, and Materiality
Thursday, December 8
7–8:30 pm ET (In Person)
Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a conversation on gold and its global trade and examine the complex significance of this precious metal–past and present. Artist-In-Residence Stacy Lynn Waddell, art historian Risham Majeed, historian Robyn d’Avignon, and exhibition curator Nathaniel Silver will explore questions around the sourcing, exchange, and use of gold in art of the fourteenth century and today.

In Conversation: Afro-Atlantic Histories
Sunday, December 11
3–4 pm PT (In Person)
Artists Alison Saar and Todd Gray, featured in Afro-Atlantic Histories, join curators Rita Gonzalez and José Luis Blondet in conversation with Kanitra Fletcher, associate curator of African American and Afro-diasporic art at the National Gallery of Art. Afro-Atlantic Histories brings together documents and artworks by artists from throughout Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe that trace the complex legacy of the African Diaspora. 

Winter Family Fair at the Morgan Library & Museum
Sunday, December 11
2–4 pm ET (In Person)
Celebrate the holiday season with the Morgan’s annual display of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and enjoy crafts and activities themed to our current exhibitions.

Virtual Lecture: Fabricating Fashion
Monday, December 12
2–3 pm CT
Join Melinda Watt, chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Monika Bincsik, curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as they discuss Fabricating Fashion and the strategies Bincsik and Watt have employed for exhibiting clothing and textiles to highlight that fashion in locations around the globe shows mutual interrelationships.

Embroidering Histories: Seeing History Through Embroidered Objects
Tuesday, December 13
12–1:30 pm ET (In Person)
Join scholar Elya Assayag as she leads participants in basic embroidery techniques inspired by the New York Public Library’s beautiful collection of embroidery instruction and survey books. Learn to recreate embroidery patterns straight from the Library’s collections and to understand embroidery’s historical significance, as well as the power that crafts and material objects have to shed light on the history of specific places and times. Assayag highlights social connections that lay at the base of the craft and presents findings from her research project, “Embroidering Histories,” which documents Moroccan women’s narratives through oral history and material culture evidence.

Symposium: Sound & Color–The Future of Race in Design
Saturday, January 14–Sunday, January 15 
1–6 pm ET (In Person)
Join a state-of-the-art conversation about how race matters in creative design for live performance in our current moment of creative, technological, and cultural unrest. Hosted by lighting designer Jane Cox, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, set designer Mimi Lien, and sound designer and composer Mikaal Sulaiman, this interdisciplinary forum allows artists, intellectuals, and designers to explore lighting, sound, costume, and set design, as well as augmented reality, as sites of innovation, magic, and transformation. 


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