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Dear BGC Friends,

Welcome back to 86th Street Stories and Happy New Year! While we have taken a brief hiatus, we are excited to be back monthly bringing you all things BGC. While 2020 was a tough year for many of us, we are excited for what 2021 will hold for us as an institution!

As a reminder, both 18 and 38 West 86th street buildings are closed until further notice, only accessible if completely necessary. Please refer to emails from Tim Ettenheim and Samantha Baron for more information.

Your co-editors,

Nadia Rivers & Maggie Walter


Have a question for BGC? Visit the Ask BGC form. All submissions are 100% anonymous unless name and email are provided.

In Solidarity
Take a look, and contribute to BGC’s Collaborative Resource List to get involved, learn, and take action in the fight for social justice.

Community Events
We invite you to continue submitting any remote/virtual events you think might be of interest to the BGC community. Find the submission box at the bottom of this email.

Black History Month
This Black History Month, we are paying tribute to and celebrating the vast contributions that Black women and men have brought to the field of decorative arts, design, and material culture. What curators, artists, craftspeople, academics, businesses or creatives do you want to celebrate this month? Submit your thoughts for a social media post here! 

Women’s History Month submissions will open on March 1!

Exhibition Calendar
The BGC Gallery 2021-26 Exhibition Calendar will now live in Basecamp HQ. If you have any trouble accessing it, please email


2020 Snaps!
In 2020, BGC was able to persevere and do some incredible work. Take a look at some of the amazing things we all achieved together!

BGC welcomed 5 new administrative hires in 2020! Carlos Cruz, Security Officer; Ruth Epstein, Manager of Institutional Giving and Development; Sebastian Moya, Technical Services and Systems Librarian; Nadia Rivers, Coordinator of Public Programs, Education & Engagement; Madeline Warner, Development Associate.

Eileen Gray reopened with timed entry and social distancing, allowing for 402 people to see the exhibition in person.

The online Eileen Gray exhibition site was put together in record time, allowing for the exhibition to gain continuous press coverage, in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC Designed, and more!

The MA and PhD program reached a record number of applicants for the upcoming year, with a large increase in the number of PhD applicants.

The BGC Student Emergency fund was able to raise over $60,000 to help students through the troubles of the pandemic.

BGC developed the new podcast Fields of the Future, with 8 exciting episodes, featuring exciting voices in the field.

Than you to everyone at BGC for making light of this past year. We are looking forward to continuing success in 2021!

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