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Hello Alumni,

Thank you, Grace, for the warm welcome in our June 3 newsletter! I am Rachael Schwabe; I graduated from BGC in 2020 with my master’s degree, and I also served as the lead student educator and teen program coordinator for BGC between 2019 and 2020. As a student, I focused on craft theory and history, particularly the intersection of craft and process-oriented art of the late twentieth century. I am currently a design history instructor and Writing Center associate at the New York School of Interior Design, where I began as a teaching assistant two years ago while a student at BGC. I am delighted to be taking over the newsletter from Grace and look forward to dropping into your inbox every couple of weeks!

As the summer rolls on, I encourage you to share items of interest either by email or through the online formyour news is always much appreciated 🙂 

Lastly, congratulations and welcome to the PhD and MA graduates of 2021! And as this is our last newsletter for June, I would like to wish a Happy Pride to all that are observing!

With care,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Kate Sekules (BGC PhD student) presented “Mend More Buy Less: Repair–Making Activism” at the Dress Historians Annual New Research in Dress History Conference on June 11. You can follow Kate’s larger project on @visiblemend and her website

Select Career Opportunities

Cranbrook Art Museum seeks a Curator of Public Programs.

Historic Districts Council is hiring a Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach, as well as a Director of Preservation

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is accepting applications through June 30 for a Collections and Curatorial Projects Assistant.

The Yale Center for British Art is hiring a Curator of Paintings and Sculpture

The American Craft Council is seeking applicants for a Director of Finance and Administration, an Online Craft Marketplace Manager (by June 30), a Show Operations Coordinator (by June 30), and a Media Buyer and Sponsorship Sales (by June 30).  

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrative Design invites applications for an Engagement Manager for Exhibitions and Programs.

Hyperallergic is offering five journalism fellowships for curators, that include a $5,000 grant for research. They are accepting applications through June 30.

The Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a search for a Henry Luce Foundation Publications Fellow.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
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Select Events at BGC

Alumni Dialogue
Thursday, June 24
5–6:30 pm ET
Ama Codjoe, BGC’s consulting director of equity and inclusion, invites you to an Alumni Dialogue to discuss how alumni and students can participate in furthering diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives at BGC, including the DEAI Working Group. If you’re interested in learning more and contributing ideas and feedback, please come. Your input, presence, and ideas are greatly valued.

Select Virtual and In Person Events Out in The World

Designing Motherhood x Maternity Care Coalition Spring 2021 Art Sale
Through Wednesday, June 23
Designing Motherhood and the Maternity Care Coalition Art Sale is live from June 14 through June 23! Since 2019, the Designing Motherhood project has worked with Maternity Care Coalition (MCC), an organization that envisions an equitable future, grounded in racial and social justice, where all families are healthy and connected, with all children thriving and ready to learn. The funds raised by the sale will be split between the two organizations.

Contemporary Dance Series at the New York Botanical Garden: Mark Morris Dance Group
June 26-27
2–5 pm ET (In Person)
A series of spontaneous outdoor performances celebrate the infinite possibilities of our connection with nature and each other.

2021 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference
June 24–27
Various Times
Join SNAG for four days of live and engaging programming with virtual social events designed to connect old and new members to share our passion for the field of jewelry and metals.

Virtual Dialogue Featuring Sarah Grandin from the Clark Art Institute and Elizabeth Cleland from the Met
Thursday, June 24
1 pm ET
Sarah Grandin, PhD and Clark-Getty Paper Project Curatorial Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, will share her lecture titled “Trees, Orphans, and the Forgotten Figures of Savonnerie Carpet Manufacturing (1662–88).” After her lecture, Sarah will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Cleland, curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The program will close with an audience Q&A.

Virtual Conversation: Brandon Breaux and Eric Williams
Thursday, June 24
5–5:45 pm CT

Artist and designer Brandon Breaux joins Eric Williams, founder and creative director of the Silver Room, for a wide-ranging conversation exploring themes related to portraiture and representation, community engagement, and how art and culture can have a positive economic impact. This program is presented in conjunction withThe Obama Portraits, on view at the Art Institute this summer (June 18–August 15).

NYC Pride’s PrideFest Streetfair
Sunday, June 27
11 am ET (Virtual and In Person)
PrideFest attracts thousands of people each year, bringing together out-of-state visitors, local residents and families, sponsors, community leaders, and area business owners. PrideFest is the perfect place to stop and listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat or score some great Pride gear. And the best part is, it’s totally FREE! Teeming with unique vendors that will make you swell with pride, this event is not to be missed! And we’re excited to implement protocols that not only keep PrideFest a space for all, but also a safe space in the wake of COVID-19. Not ready to be back in-person? Join us virtually at MarketFest!

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Artist Talk: Vivian Beer, Annet Couwenberg, Lauren Fensterstock
Wednesday, June 30
7:30–8:30 pm ET

Vivian Beer creates sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture that combines contemporary design, craft, and sculpture. Annet Couwenberg has pursued the ongoing conversations between traditional textile production and emerging technologies throughout her art and teaching career. Lauren Fensterstock makes elaborate sculptures and installations that explore the evolving history of our relationship to nature.


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