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In March, Bard Graduate Center welcomed its new chief advancement officer, Lindsay Smilow. She arrived at BGC with an extensive background in both fundraising and the arts. Most recently, she served as director of development at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), where she secured a groundbreaking multi-year support opportunity, the largest in NYFA’s history.

Prior to her tenure at NYFA, Smilow was the executive director of the Brooklyn chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She has extensive experience working in both development and external affairs at diverse institutions, ranging from small nonprofits to large organizations. Early in her career, Smilow worked in arts education at the Guggenheim and the Queens Museum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and sculpture from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in art history from Brooklyn College.

Smilow said, “Bard Graduate Center is a thrilling crucible where scholars, students, and exhibition makers forge new paths in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. I feel fortunate to work alongside its passionate stewards and supporters and contribute to its ongoing growth.”

Susan Weber, founder and director of Bard Graduate Center, said, “Lindsay is an excellent addition to our team. She brings a fresh approach and a collaborative spirit, and I know she will do great things here.”