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Clark Art Institute Appoints Breta Yvars as assistant Curator Of Education

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2002

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute has appointed Breta Yvars of North Adams to the new post of assistant curator of education. Yvars will assist in the operation and development of the Institute's growing education program, providing gallery talks for school groups, aiding in in-school arts education, and working on public programs for children, families, and adults.

Yvars was recently a consultant to the department of art history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she helped develop teacher's manuals and other materials for technology-based learning in art history. She was also a teaching assistant at UMASS. From 1997 to 1999, Yvars was curatorial/education assistant at The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, where she was involved in the development of exhibition-related programs and curricula for school tours. A graduate of Tufts University, Yvars received her M.A. in art history from UMASS in 2002.

The education department of the Clark Art Institute offers programs designed to encourage a wide range of different audiences to explore, enjoy, and understand the Clark's collections in particular, and the visual arts in general. More than 9,000 students from New England and New York participated in these programs in the last school year. Educators can arrange gallery talks on a variety of subjects relating to different areas of the school and college curriculum. Schools able to make the trip to Williamstown in a day can apply for reimbursement to help with transportation costs. More information for educators and group leaders is available at www.clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-2303, extension 363.

The Clark

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the country's foremost art museums and also a dynamic center for research and higher education in art history and criticism. The Clark's exceptional collections of Old Master, Impressionist, and 19th-century American art on display in the museum's intimate galleries are enhanced by the beauty of its 140-acre setting in the Berkshires. The Clark is also recognized for its special exhibitions, which concurrently advance critical thought and generate popular interest in the arts.

The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The Clark's Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world to pursue research and share new scholarship.  The Institute encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. The Clark also is home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, which serves more than 50 institutions in the region and also provides professional training in art conservation.

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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