Dylan Leah Brekka (MA ‘19) published an article in the Journal of Dress History entitled “A Pageant of Famous Women: Fashion and Historic Costume in British Suffrage Theatre, 1909-1914.”

Katie Hall Burlison (MA ‘06) curated Artistry in Iron: Blacksmiths of New Orleans at the Gallier House Museum. The exhibit, partially funded by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, takes a closer look at the lives, production, and working conditions of enslaved and free blacksmiths of color and celebrates their contributions to the material landscape of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods.

Michael Dewberry (MA ‘17) launched Artroverted, a podcast about the art world, in March 2020. The most recent episodes feature Dr. Shirley Mueller, neuroscientist and art collector; Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at University of Texas, Dallas, and former director of the Dallas Art Museum; and Darienne Turner (MA ‘17), assistant curator of Indigenous art of the Americas at Baltimore Museum of Art.

Remi Dyll (MA ‘03), collection manager for the Bayou Bend Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be giving a talk on February 22 as part of a virtual series highlighting fascinating objects in the collection. Her talk will focus on a cast-iron dumb stove and will prompt a discussion about African American ironworkers.

Elizabeth Essner (MA ‘06) will join Dyll at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; MFAH recently appointed Essner the Windgate Foundation Associate Curator of Craft.

Colin Fanning
(MA ‘13, PhD candidate) was appointed assistant curator in the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a role that has responsibility for historic material as well as modern and contemporary design.

Brian D. Gallagher
(MA ‘98, M.Phil ‘12) is senior curator of decorative arts at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. Gallagher served as editor for Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, a catalogue that accompanied an international loan exhibition of the same name that he curated at the Mint. Classic Black won the 2021 American Ceramics Circle Book Award.

Rebecca Klassen (MA ‘11) and Laura Mogulescu (MA ‘22 candidate) curated Art for Change: The Artist and Homeless Collaborative at the New-York Historical Society (NYHS), on view until April 3, 2022. Klassen is associate curator of material culture and Mogulescu is curator of women’s history collections at NYHS.

Erica Lome
(MA ‘15) will become associate curator for Historic New England in March 2022. In summer 2021, she co-curated the exhibition American by Craft: The Furniture of Olof Althin for the American Swedish Historical Museum. As the Peggy N. Gerry curatorial associate at the Concord Museum, a curatorial internship funded by the Decorative Arts Trust, she helped redesign, reinterpret, and reinstall 12 new permanent galleries.

Jorge Rivas
(PhD ‘18) and Christina De León (PhD candidate) participated in a virtual dialogue for the Decorative Arts Trust, during which they discussed the decorative arts as well as collecting histories at their respective institutions, Denver Art Museum and Cooper Hewitt.

Rachael Schwabe
(MA ‘20) worked with alumni of BGC’s Lab for Teen Thinkers to develop “Craft, Camp, and Color: Majolica in Drag,” conversations between the teen alums and drag and performing artists. The interviews are part of the Majolica Mania online exhibition.

The most recent issue of the Journal of Design History featured articles by Colin Fanning (MA ‘13, BGC PhD candidate), Freyja Hartzell (MA ‘05), and Anne Hilker (PhD ‘21), and was co-edited by Sarah Lichtman (MA ‘03, PhD ‘14).

The Craft History Workshop, a works-in-progress seminar for interdisciplinary histories of making coordinated by Colin Fanning (MA ‘13, BGC PhD candidate) and Antonia Behan (MA ‘14, PhD ‘21), has recently featured presentations by Daria Murphy (MA ‘21) and Cynthia Kok (MA ‘16). Upcoming presentations include talks by Hadley Jensen (MA ‘13, PhD ‘18) on February 22 and by Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20) on May 18.