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Hello Alumni,

In this worrisome moment, everyone at BGC wishes you good health. Here on 86th Street, there are no confirmed cases COVID-19 among faculty, staff, or students. Still, in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus, we have canceled all public events through April 15.  Sadly, this includes the upcoming lecture by your fellow alumnus, Sequoia Miller, that was scheduled for March 18, as well as the Iris Foundation Awards Lecture on March 31.  We hope that these events can be rescheduled. The Iris Awards Luncheon that was scheduled for April 1 has been postponed to October 21. In addition, classes will be held online until Monday, March 30, and both buildings on 86th Street are closed from today until Monday, March 16, for deep cleaning.

For some good news, read on to learn about what BGC alumni are up to, including a new exhibition in North Carolina and a recently published book on playgrounds. As always, send relevant job openings and news to Grace Reff via email at She always looks forward to hearing of your accomplishments and sharing your leads with fellow alumni. 

If you have any questions regarding the institution’s response to COVID-19 or any other matter, you are welcome to contact me at We hope to see you and your families later this spring.


Benjamin Krevolin
Chief Advancement Officer

Alumni Spotlight

Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, an exhibition organized by BGC alum Brian Gallagher (PhD ‘00) opened at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC last month. The show includes more than 100 ceramic objects, with loans from notable public and private collections in the U.S. and England. This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. The black sculptures in the show are brought to life in a contemporary setting, featuring warm wall colors and designs by a local Charlotte artist.

Marie Walsh (MA ‘07) has published her book, Central Park’s Adventure-Style Playgrounds: Renewal of a Midcentury Legacy. The publication tells the history of the playscapes built as a part of the midcentury experimental “playground revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s. Marie explores the playgrounds’ connections to the art, recreational design, urbanism, grassroots movements, and child-development theories of the period, and further details the Central Park Conservancy’s efforts decades later to preserve and renew these playgrounds.

Select Career Opportunities

The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks to hire a post-doctoral research fellow for its Mellon initiative in collaborative research, Before “Farm to Table”: Early Modern Foodways and Culture. The project investigates the pervasiveness of food in everyday life as a window into early modern culture.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is hiring a Program Coordinator whose role will be vital in supporting “Radical Imagination for Racial Justice,” the regranting program for ALAANA+ (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists of color in Boston. 

Applications are invited for the Design Trust/RCA Fellowship in Design Curation. Based at the Royal College of Art in London, the Fellow(s) will undertake advanced research into curatorial practice in relation to contemporary design and recent design history. 

The Pratt Institute Libraries are seeking a Project Archivist to process and make accessible collections that document the history of Pratt Institute and its community. The focus of this position will be to arrange, describe, and rehouse the papers of an artist, art educator, and former chair of the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute. 

The Newark Museum of Art is hiring a Curator for its collection of the Arts of Global Africa. 

Friends of the High Line is hiring a Curatorial Assistant to support the curatorial and administrative work of the High Line Art department. 

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