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Happy Spring, BGC community!

As the semester draws to a close, we would like to highlight some of our exciting Study Collection activities. At the end of 2023, BGC Paul J. Smith Fields of the Future Fellow Namita Gupta Wiggers curated a tribute to late craft scholar and former Museum of Arts and Design director Paul J. Smith (1931–2020) using books, ephemera, and Study Collection objects from Smith’s estate. In turn, we created a companion display in the Object Lab based on Namita’s observations about specific pieces in Smith’s collection. Both displays ran through March. This spring, BGC Professor Jeffrey Collins led an engaging Object Hour on silver using numerous pieces from our collection, and BGC Fellow Giovanni Acerbis hosted The Role of Wood: An Introduction, which marks the first event in a series of Study Collection-focused PH+R workshops conducted by fellows or students exploring a particular technique or material.

Left: BGC Paul J. Smith Fields of the Future Fellow Namita Gupta Wiggers’ Paul J. Smith Estate Library display. Right: BGC Professor Jeffrey Collins leading workshop on traditional silversmithing techniques. April 2023. Object Lab.



At the end of the fall semester we received over 150 dolls, each made by women from a different country belonging to the United Nations. This generous donation comes from local artist Claudia DeMonte, who collected the dolls for her exhibition Real Beauty, which explored global conceptions of beauty and traveled to 24 venues around the world. These new acquisitions are being processed and a selection of dolls are included in our current Object Lab window display, which was created for the February DEAI Black History Month Community Hour featuring Study Collection acquisitions from Africa. A story on BGC Library Fellow Stefany Merkelbach’s work with this collection is featured in BGC’s recent newsletter and will also appear in our 2023–2024 Year in Review.

Left: doll from Belarus, made by Olga Krupenkova. Gift of Claudia DeMonte. Right: BGC Library Fellow Stefany Merkelbach with dolls donated by Claudia DeMonte. Photo by Fresco Arts Team.


At the end of 2023, we received a 1919 Arthur J. Stone (American, 1847–1938) tea and coffee service from Dr. Eugene Krauss and Carmel Krauss. The service was part of the touring AFA exhibition Arthur J. Stone: Master Silversmith, which was on display at BGC in 1995. The gift includes a tray, teapot, coffeepot, sugar bowl, tongs, creamer, waste bowl, a kettle with lid, stand, and burner, and a tea caddy with lid.

Arthur J. Stone (American, 1847–1938), tea and coffee service, 1919. Silver. Gift of Carmel and Eugene Krauss, M.D..


In December we acquired a collection of well-preserved and documented ancient Peruvian textiles and a doll from Ruth Ginsburg-Place and Lila Place. Ginsburg-Place is a Massachusetts-based photographer, printmaker, and fiber artist who collected the donated textiles in the 1960s. Ranging in date from 1100 BCE to 1500 AD, the gift includes Chancay, Nazca, and Paracas examples.

Left: Chancay fragment, possibly part of a garment, perhaps a collar, 1000 AD–1500 AD. Likely Brocade. 8 x 15”. Gift of Ruth Ginsburg-Place and Lila Place. Right: Study Collection Manager Barb Elam with ancient Peruvian textile collection donated by Ruth Ginsburg-Place and Lila Place.

Other selected new acquisitions:

  • Two 1990 mineral and gem wall hangings by Ted Hallman (American, b. 1933), gifted in honor of the artist by the Hellen Williams Drutt Family Collection
  • Fifty crocheted doilies and pot holders donated by Fritz Karch
  • Collection of lace baby bonnets dating from the late 18th century and the first half of the 19th century, donated by Lewis Haber and Carmen Debroc
  • Three silver items and one stone centerpiece, donated by Wolfram Koeppe in memory of Walter E. Stait (ca. 1880 Christopher Dresser-designed cigarillo humidor, cutter and ashtray; ca. 1915 candlestick attributed to Dagobert Peche [Austrian, 1887–1923], ca. 1905–06 Albin Müller [German, 1871–1941] designed Zöblitz serpentine centerpiece, ca. 1945 Johann George Hossauer [German, 1794–1874] silver-plated copper and ebony coffeepot)
  • ca. 1905 Quaker wedding bloomers and accessories, christening gown and cap, and photographic archive, donated by Kathleen Hannah Bond

Ted Hallman, Gold Breastplate Square, 1990. Geode, faceted amethyst, aquamarine. Gifted in honor of the artist by the Helen Williams Drutt Family Collection, Philadelphia, PA.

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