BGC faculty members Catherine Whalen and Ivan Gaskell traveled to Milwaukee in January to meet with Jonathan Prown, Executive Director of the Chipstone Foundation, and Sarah Ann Carter, its Chief Curator and Director of Research, to develop new collaborations between the two institutions.

Located in Fox Point, Wisconsin, Chipstone houses an impressive collection of early American furniture and prints as well as seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British ceramics. Projects in development include the loan of objects from Chipstone for student research during a semester-long seminar to be taught by BGC faculty, videoconferencing with Chipstone curators, a visit to the collection, and a digital project. The two institutions are ideal long-distance partners, since Chipstone advances digital scholarship in decorative arts and material culture via its website,, and ArtBabble,, while the BGC is strongly committed to innovative digital research and pedagogy.  Future announcements will be made as plans develop.

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Teapot; 1745-1775

Staffordshire (England)

Format: Agate earthenware / lead glaze / H.: 5 1/8" (13.0 cm); L. (handle-spout): 7" (17.8 cm); W.: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm); 1996.6.
Image courtesy of Chipstone Foundation