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Hello alumni, and welcome to fall!

Here’s your next roundup of news, job openings, and events. There are some interesting opportunities and conversations on design, conservation, architecture, and more down below.

Please continue to send any updates or opportunities along to me and I will be sure to include them in upcoming newsletters. (Thanks to those of you who sent in news for this issue!)

All the best,
Grace Reff (MA ’17)

Alumni Spotlight

Alexis Romano (MA 2010, PhD Courtauld Institute of Art) will be the Gerald and Mary Ellen Ritter Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning in October 2020. She was awarded this postdoctoral fellowship in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the Met’s Costume Institute to study women’s visual and material experience of dress during the 1970s, through the cross analysis of surviving garments, image, and oral history via a dialectical lens of design and wear. If you were a (female) fashion consumer of New York sportswear or a fashion professional during the 1970s and are interested in recording your testimony, please get in touch with Alexis at

Meredith Nelson (PhD 2019) and Courtney Stewart (current BGC PhD candidate) are offering two upcoming courses through NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Courtney will be teaching a course on Ancient and Islamic Jewelry, beginning on October 26. Registration is now open and spots are still available. Meredith’s course, “Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean” will be offered in January with registration opening in December. Both courses will be held remotely.

Select Career Opportunities

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA is hiring for the position of Ruth Rippon Curator of Ceramics.  The museum’s ceramic holdings include more than 5,000 examples from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, spanning from prehistoric times to the present day. Collection strengths include an extensive collection of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain, American Indian pottery from matriarchs to contemporaries, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century studio vessels and sculpture.

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University invites applications for residential fellowships from scholars whose research projects reflect on the 2021-22 theme of Afterlives. 

The Savannah College of Art and Design is hiring a Curator to develop modern and contemporary art and design exhibitions.

R & Co. is hiring an Assistant Registrar to assist with all duties and aspects of inventory/collection management. 

The Saint Louis Art Museum seeks a collegial, collaborative, experienced, and energetic Associate or Full Conservator of Objects to join its dynamic conservation team.

As part of its Emerging Scholars Program, the Decorative Arts Trust underwrites grants in support of noteworthy research, exhibition, publication, and object-based conservation projects through its Curatorial Internships and Dean F. Failey Grants. Deadlines for organizations to apply to both grants are approaching. Areas of interest include new scholarship in decorative arts, material culture, craftsmanship, and historic preservation.

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Netherlands is offering a nine to twelve-month Fellowship/Internship in Paintings Conservation, which will take place in the academic year 2021–22. The Mauritshuis is renowned for its high quality collection of seventeenth-century Dutch master paintings, like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen. This opportunity is offered in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Fulbright Center, and with the financial support of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.
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Virtual Events Out In The World

Altered Books Then and Now: Eighteenth-Century Extra-Illustrated Books
Tuesday, September 29
6:30 pm EST
Altering books by placing images selected from one’s private collection alongside words written by someone else was a popular pastime in eighteenth-century England. Referred to as “extra-illustration” or “grangerization,” this activity allowed readers and book owners not only to insert new visual dimensions into their reading experience, but also to participate in the project of meaning making undertaken by published authors. Presenting an overview of eighteenth-century extra-illustration, this Book Talk with Julie Park will open the historical background of contemporary artists’ books and some of the key procedures used in their creation.

The 21st Annual Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards
Thursday, October 1
7:30 pm EST
Organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the National Design Awards are bestowed annually in recognition of design innovation and impact. Join the museum for its first-ever virtual gala, hosted by Bobby Berk, lifestyle and interior design expert and Emmy-nominated television host. This event is by donation and open for all to enjoy from home. 

“Suffrage, Political Rights and Equity”: Pennsylvania Historical Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting
Friday, October 16 
Join this full day of webinars that recognize the ongoing struggle from suffrage towards securing political rights and equality for all. Marion Roydhouse, professor emerita of Jefferson University, will deliver the keynote address “Doubling the Electorate: Women, Men, and Political Power.” A robust schedule of panel discussions will follow, including “Social Reform in Antebellum Pennsylvania” and “Suffrage in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” to histories of “Race, Gender and Partisan Politics.”