Clark Art InstituteExpansion Project Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release

March 03, 2003

Project Description:

Expansion and campus enhancements, including creation of a new Visitor, Graduate and Conference Center, renovation of two existing Clark buildings and improvements to the surrounding landscape.


Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Osaka, Japan

Landscape Architect

Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Watertown, Massachusetts

Visitor, Graduate and Conference Center

Building Description:

The new building, designed by Tadao Ando will serve as the Visitor, Graduate, and Conference Center, and will allow the Institute to present larger and more in-depth exhibitions. It will also include space for the Clark's important research and academic programs and new visitor amenities. At the heart of the site will be a new 1.5 acre reflecting pool adjacent to all three buildings.

Special Features:

  • 95,000 square feet overall  
  • 11,000 square feet of special exhibition galleries with natural light and high ceilings  
  • 1.5 acre reflecting pool  
  • Conference Center with 150-seat lecture hall, 2 large meeting rooms and breakout rooms  
  • Family Activity Room  
  • Orientation Theater for visitors  
  • New space for the Clark/Williams Graduate Program in Art History  
  • New Café and Museum shop, Lobby and Information Desk, and Restaurant  
  • Landscape enhancements including new entry drive, new parking areas, wetlands restoration.

Restoration of Original Clark Buildings

Building Descriptions

The original 1955 white marble building, central to the visitor experience, will be renovated, providing much-needed space for the permanent collection. In the 1973 red granite building, renovations will make space for the Art History Library, a print study center, a rare book room, and administrative offices.

Special Features

  • New 2,700 square-foot glass entry foyer designed by Ando  
  • 40% more space (6,380 square feet) for display of permanent collection  
  • New Print Study Center  
  • Publicly accessible rare book room  
  • Expansion of Art History Library  
  • Expansion of administrative offices

About 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.

Project Members

Clark Art Institute
Francis Oakley, President, Board of Trustees
Michael Conforti, Director

Design Architect
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Osaka, Japan

Landscape Architect
Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Watertown, Massachusetts

Architect of Record
New York, New York

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
Altieri, Sebor, Wieber
Norwalk, Connecticut

Structural Engineer
Buro Happold
New York, New York

Civil Engineer
Vincent P. Guntlow & Associates
Williamstown, Massachusetts

Programming Consultant
Lord Cultural Resources
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Project Advisor
Rise Group
Chicago, Illinois

Project Manager
Zubatkin Associates
Somers, New York

Construction Manager
Daniel O'Connell's Sons
Holyoke, Massachusetts

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. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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