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Dear Fellow Alumni,

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Alumni Newsletter of 2020! I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season. 

If you are looking for fun and interesting ways to kick off the new year, we have you covered. Check out the list of events at BGC and beyond, as well as some current career opportunities that may be of interest. 

We always enjoy receiving updates from our alumni around the world and I encourage you to share your successes with us! Please email me at or share via the BGC Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Grace Reff (MA ‘17)

Select Career Opportunities

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is accepting applications for its CIMA Fellowships program, which supports research and the study of Italian modern and contemporary art for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. 

The Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C. is hiring a Head of Archives and Special Collections

The Shaker Historical Society is seeking an Executive Director.

Oakland University has an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art History in Asian or African Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture. 

The University of Kansas seeks candidates specializing in the history of American art for an Associate, Full or Distinguished Professor position.

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College invites applications for the position of Curator of Russian and European Art.

The Jewish Museum has an opening for a Curatorial Assistant to work on a major exhibition devoted to the years 1962-1964 in New York. 

The Frick Collection is hiring a Research Assistant.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
password: BGC-careers-2017

Select Events at BGC

Making History: the Art and Politics of Clay
Tuesday, January 21
6 pm
Independent ceramic artist and scholar, Michelle Erickson, will discuss her practice as a studio potter in the fields of contemporary art, historical archaeology, and studio ceramics. She will explain how her work gives relevance to the legacy of ceramics as a form of social expression, and reference the ways other makers have deployed ceramics to advocate for political change and social justice as well as to document epic events in human experience.

BGC 25th Anniversary Book Party
Tuesday, January 28
5:30–7 pm
Join Susan and the board of trustees for a BGC community reception kicking off the Spring semester and launching BGC@25, a lavishly illustrated book celebrating the history, culture, and accomplishments of our first quarter century. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please contact

Select Events out in the World

Clock-Making in Early America: Lunchtime Lecture at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Friday, January 10
12:30 pm
In conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, “Revolutionary Revolutions: Clocks and Industry in Early America,” this lecture will focus on the widespread success of American-made shelf clocks in the 19th-century and the interrelated forces of technological convenience, comfort, taste, and affordability that drive the consumer habits of a middle class, then and now. 

Sunday at The Met: Artist Julie Mehretu on Printmaking
Sunday, January 12
2 pm
Join acclaimed artist, Julie Mehretu, and Curator of Drawings and Prints, Nadine Orenstein, for a discussion on Mehretu’s artistic practice and printmaking techniques. 

The Alexander Hamilton Prequel: Day-by-Day With One Founding Father
Thursday, January 16
6:30 pm
Join Barbara Chernow for this evening lecture at the Fraunces Tavern Museum as she discusses the importance of Hamilton to the foundation of America, as well as the critical role historical research techniques play in forming our perceptions of the past. She will highlight how the collection of the complete papers of the Founding Fathers have established a new standard of documentary editing and created a new picture of the day-to-day lives of these leaders. 

BardWorks Networking Reception
Thursday, January 23
6–8 pm
The 2020 BardWorks Networking Reception will bring together students from Annandale and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program to meet and network with members of the Bard community. Come share your professional experience and offer advice to the next generation of Bardians.

Boom: An Art-World Evening with Michael Shnayerson
Friday, January 24
8 pm
Join Michael Shnayerson, Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of the new book Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art, as he discusses the current global art-world tastemakers who support emerging artists and steer them to success. 

Cornerstone Learning Workshop: Museum Security 
Tuesday, January 28
8:30 am–3 pm
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is offering a free day-long workshop in Washington, D.C. with security specialists from the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution on the latest tips, tools, and information relating to museum security.