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Hello Alumni,

Much has happened since my last newsletter and I hope you’ve been taking care of yourself! Of little note: the breezy temperatures in the 60s and 70s have been succeeded by 80 and 90 degree heat waves, an indication that we have officially entered deep summer. I myself have been enjoying NYC’s lush greenery, in particular seeking out environments that promote a sense of my being a body in space (even when I am sweating through my shirt). I hope you too are feeling out your own way to be a body in this new-old landscape.

And in the meantime, please feel free to keep in touch! You can always share your news with me, either by email or through the online form

With Care,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Anna Mikaela Erkstrand (MA ‘15) has been appointed Associate Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial. Congratulations, Anna Mikaela! 

Select Career Opportunities

Vermont College of Arts is looking for an interim Assistant to the President while the search for a permanent candidate takes place between Summer-Fall 2022. 

The Yale Center for British Art has opened a search for a Senior Administrative Assistant.

The Peabody Essex Museum seeks an Individual Giving Officer.

Portland Museum of Art is accepting applications for an Exhibition and Publications Coordinator

Westchester Children’s Museum has opened a search for an Executive Director. Application materials are due by July 29.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking a Senior Researcher for the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné.

The New-York Historical Society invites applications for the role of Manager of Special Projects.

The New York Public Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photography is hiring an Assistant Curator.

Eames Institute is seeking a Design Director and Social Media & Community Manager.

Oxman has openings for a Curatorial & Design Researcher and a Textiles & Fashion Designer.

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

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Select Virtual and In-Person Events Out in The World

The Global Influences Behind Marimekko Designs
Friday, July 8
1 pm ET
Join Librarian Tracy Meserve to learn about the global influences behind the designs of one of the most famous textile firms of the 20th century, Marimekko, through examples from the Cotsen Textiles Traces Study Collection.

Afterhours @ National Museum of Asian art: Summer Festival
Friday, July 8
5–9 pm ET
Join us for an outdoor festival to celebrate summer! Enjoy art and music from across Asia with performances, artist demos, and exclusive curator talks. Experience the museum galleries open late, purchase signature cocktails from Please Bring Chips, and taste food from local vendors, including Rice Culture and Ruby Scoops. At 7:30 p.m., catch a special outdoor screening of The Way of the Dragon, a classic Hong Kong action film starring Bruce Lee, to kick off our annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival.

Experimental Marriage Curatorial Tour
Wednesday, July 13
12–1 pm ET
Join Poster House Collections Manager Melissa Walker for a curatorial tour of the exhibition Experimental Marriage: Women in Early Hollywood. Learn about the women who shaped the early silent film industry through lobby cards for movies written, directed, produced, art-directed, or edited by them. Questions Strongly Encouraged!

Behind the Scenes with Deaf Broadway
Friday, July 15
7:30 pm ET
Join Deaf Broadway actors and members of the creative team for an open rehearsal for their upcoming American Sign Language (ASL) production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Learn how an ASL musical theater production comes to life! The open rehearsal will be followed by a town hall discussion with Deaf youth interested in pursuing careers in the performing arts. The conversation will focus on how a production like this is put together, as well as how Deaf theater professionals navigate a largely hearing theater industry.

America the Buttercream: Why We Decorate Our Dessert
Saturday, July 16
4–6 pm ET (In Person)
Follow the history of pastry and sugar from the late 18th century to today in this public program that will explore the origins of the pastry arts, sugar fancy, and the ties between sugar and architecture. Edward Cabral, multimedia sculptor, chef, and lecturer, will trace the global influences that developed American desserts, and how a decorated sheet cake became a staple at every child’s birthday party. The event will finish with a live demonstration of cake decorating and an overview of cake design and ornamentation before participants eat the cake.

Midsummer Festival of the Arts
Saturday, July 16–Sunday, July 17
Various Times (In Person)
Now in its fifty-second year, the Midsummer Festival of the Arts is a Sheboygan tradition for family outings and for finding special works of art. One hundred artist booths will feature paintings, photographs, jewelry, wearables, wood carvings, ceramics, glass, leather goods, textiles, and more. There will also be live music and performances, hands-on art making, demonstrations, food, and fun…all found on the grounds of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Sheboygan’s City Green.


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