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posted on 24 Jan 2014 15:12 by Elena Pinto Simon

What are the alums from classes that graduated in 2012 and 2013 up to?

Well, I thought a good way to start the New Year, and the new term, would be to ask them, and then share that with all of you. If there is interest, I’ll turn it into a series, so that we can all catch up, re-connect, and stay connected.

Sara Spink wrote to say she started as a Curatorial Associate at the Museum of the City of New York last November. She notes “I'm definitely pulling on my BGC experience here, acting as project manager on exhibitions and publications, assisting with rights and repro, editing texts, budget management, research, and web content management (yay, DML!). I'm also, as of last July or so, a regular contributor to MODERN Magazine's Form + Function section, an opportunity that emerged because of the relationships I forged through my summer internship with MODERN and The Magazine ANTIQUES while at the BGC. Some of my coverage is also included (in somewhat truncated form) on MODERN'sTumblr page. I'm also attempting to maintain my own blog on exhibitions and their designs: http://spinkdesignblog.wikidot.com (though I'm afraid I haven't had time to update it lately).

Not to worry, Sara. I’ve been a little tardy with this BLOG of late, myself.

From sunny Southern California, Andrew Goodhouse writes that he is a Graduate Intern in Publications at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles, and is working on editorial projects and the recently launched Getty Publications Virtual Library. Here in New York City, Colin Fanning and Katrina London are both curatorial assistants at the American Federation of Arts.

Meanwhile, from Texas, Einav Zamir tells me “I spent last year as the executive director of ArtWatch International, an organization that deals with issues in art conservation, and I'm currently in the first year of my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. An article of mine on ethical concerns in the conservation of looted artifacts will appear in the next issue of the ArtWatch Journal.”

Across the pond, in London, Roisin Inglesby is an Assistant Curator of Design at the V& A, and will be the next New York Silver Society speaker here at the BGC in October. Also on that side of the Atlantic, two other recent alums, Sophie Pitman and Katie Tycz have started work on their PhD’s at Cambridge University.

The news from Amber Winick was doubly joyful: “It's official! I'll be heading to Budapest in March for a Fulbright grant, where I'll be researching designs created for Hungarian children, including schools, illustrated books, toys and other objects. Of course, I'm most proud of my baby daughter, Alice Esarosa, who will be joining me in Budapest.”

Shoshana Greenwald’s update also had news about a new job. She writes that “ I am working as the Collections Manager at an as yet unopened museum, Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center that seeks to study the Holocaust from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. My background in Material Culture is perfect training for the job because I handle all types of archives and artifacts, from prewar books to baby clothes that were hand-sewn in the DP camps to an extensive anti-Semitic postcard collection. “

Nicole Pulichene writes from Harvard, where she has begun work on a PhD in medieval art. I visited with Nicole, and fellow alum Meredyth Winter, when I was last in Cambridge. Meredyth is also at the start of her second semester at Harvard.

At the other end of the Boston-to-Washington corridor is Craig Lee, with lots of news on his own progress. His note is brimming with activities: “I’m in my third-year in the doctoral program in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware. I’ve completed my coursework, passed my comprehensive exams, and beginning to work on the dissertation. This past summer I was an intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in the Department of Architecture and Engineering. Also, in the past year, I received an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art for a five-week research trip to study the history of architecture, with a focus on modernism, in South Africa. Lastly, in addition to making progress towards candidacy, for the 2013-2014 academic year I am a McCrindle Intern at the Princeton University Art Museum in the Photography Department working on an exhibition about photography and urbanism in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles from 1960-1980.”

Earlier today, Nynne Just Christoffersen sent me a note saying she had just heard from the Humboldt University in Berlin, and has been accepted to start a PhD program there. Her note indicates that she has been “ accepted as a doctoral research fellow for the research project "Networks: Textile Arts and Textility in a Transcultural Perspective (4th-17th Centuries)". The research project is directed by
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (where she will enroll) and is part of a joint research project with the University of Zurich, “An Iconology of the Textile in Art and Architecture”, directed by Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen.” Brava!

From Chicago, Alyssa Greenberg sent news that she is in her third year “as a University Fellowship doctoral student at UIC, studying for preliminary exam and writing her dissertation proposal concurrently. She writes, “ My exam areas are Museum Studies (with a focus on art museum education) and 20th and 21st Century Art and Activism (with a focus on socially-engaged art practices and their museum manifestations). My dissertation will trace the history of social reform and community engagement in American art museums from the Progressive Era to the contemporary. I expect to attain my candidacy in May 2014. As the Education Assistant at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, I am the second-in-command in the Education Department. My responsibilities include facilitating tours and dialogues, writing curriculum and interpretive materials, grantwriting, and supporting projects including the Summer Teacher Institute and the Community Docent program. I recently published an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. I have presented my work at several conferences, and won small grants for conference expenses and professional development. Last but not least Rebecca Mir and I are currently partners in the 2013-2014 Art21 Educators program.” Rebecca Mir herself notes that she was “ …recently hired by the Guggenheim as the Associate Manager, Digital Media and Online Learning. I'm based in the Education Department here and will be working mostly on a global collaboration with UBS called the MAP Global Art Initiate: www.guggenheim.org/map . She also still serves on the NYCMER Board as their Web Resources and Social Media Coordinator.

Also in Chicago, Sarah Rogers Morris writes to say she is working as the Program and Communications Associate at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. She has also been doing some freelance writing, and has several forthcoming articles, including her QP, which will be published in Future Anterior, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the critical examination and the study of historic preservation.

Meanwhile, here in NYC, Sharan Twickler tells me that she is a Researcher at A La Vieille Russie. She very kindly notes “ I am very content with how my role has evolved since starting with admission and catalogue sales for the Sandoz exhibition back in the fall of 2011. I will always be grateful for that email you sent out about their needing help. I am proof that it never hurts to gain a little experience from what, at first, seems like a short-term opportunity. You never know what can become of it! In addition to updating the website and researching the collection, I am pleased to have a role in expanding the gallery's social media presence. I am particularly excited about the blog, where I aim to give context to our collection, exploring everything from the history of cufflinks to the folklore of opals. I recall in my application essay saying I hoped to bridge the gap between academia and the public. I definitely feel like I am doing just that.” Many paths to the goal!

And on the doctoral front, Amy Sande-Friedman (PhD, Graduating Class of 2012) recently launched an art advisory practice, helping people buy and sell works of Contemporary art. She's excited to help both new and seasoned collectors find pieces that will bring them joy every day. amysandefriedman.com . Congratulations on your new venture, Amy.

And in Chicago, Jon Tavares (PhD, Graduating Class of 2013) is postdoctoral fellow at the Art Institute in Chicago (Arms and Armor). I visited with Jon last October and had a wonderful tour of the storerooms of the department, and saw some of Jon’s first recommendations for purchases for the department.

Keep those notes coming!

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