BGC PhD candidate, Rebecca Matheson (right), received first prize at the 45th Annual Cleveland Symposium, hosted each fall by the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program. The theme of this year’s graduate symposium was Visualizing Sound and Silence in Art and Architecture, and the title of Rebecca’s paper was “‘Susurrus of Silk’: Sounds of Fashion in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century America.”

BGC PhD candidate, Sarah Scaturro, was featured in Vogue UK, for coverage of the Met’s Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory, where she is head conservator. According to Vogue, “Alongside her co-workers, Scaturro cares for a collection of 33,000 objects dating from the 15th century to the present day. The team assesses, repairs, preserves and prepares this massive catalogue for exhibition, but its work is far more complicated than a day at the dry cleaners. History, ethics, philosophy and science all influence a conservator’s decision-making — it can be surprisingly complex. ‘By investigating fashion, we can learn a lot about the human condition,’ Scaturro says.”
Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Matheson. Pictured is herself, with the runner ups.