Bard Graduate Center
Bard College

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Founder and Director

Susan Weber Iris Horowitz Professor in the History of the Decorative Arts


Peter Miller

Assistant Director for Research Programs

Laura Minsky


The Bard Graduate Center, founded in 1993, supports teaching, research and exhibitions devoted to studying the cultural history of the material world: the crossroads where art history, history, anthropology and archaeology meet. Graduate training in our MA and Ph.D programs aims to produce scholars able to unite the object-centered vision of the curator with the question-driven horizons of the professor. A broad range of research programming, from weekly seminars to symposia to digital initiatives to journal, monograph and catalogue publication, built upon a superb library collection in the areas of decorative arts, design history and material culture, aims to shape advanced inquiry into the study of the human material past. Four new exhibitions per year, including at least two that are curated by faculty as part of their teaching portfolio, represent a commitment to the future of exhibitions as a research practice.

A research fellowship program offers stipends and accommodation for up to 6 scholars every year. Applications are invited from researchers with the Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience in universities, museums, and related institutions. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

Learn more at our website.