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Mariët Westermann Appointed Associate Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2001

Mariët Westermann has been appointed associate director of research and academic programs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Westermann now assists Michael Ann Holly, director of research and academic programs, in overseeing the Clark Fellows Program, which provides fellowships for eighteen international scholars annually, as well as symposia, conferences, and the Clark's joint program with Williams College, the Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Westermann, who received her Ph.D. in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, has held academic appointments at Rutgers University; Goldsmith's College, University of London; and Washington Square College, New York University. She has been curator of a number of museum exhibitions including Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt, currently at the Newark Museum. Her 1996 book A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1700 was recommended as one of the year's "ten titles in art" by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of Rembrandt: Art and Ideas and The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century. Westermann is an editorial board member of Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek and on the board of the Historians of Netherlandish Art.

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education. Its research and academic programs are supported by one of the largest art history libraries in North America. Regular lectures, symposia, and conferences address a variety of issues relating to art, the history of art, and visual culture. With Williams College the Clark jointly administers the Graduate Program in the History of Art, a leading two-year master's degree program.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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