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Clark Art Institute Appoints New Staff for Community and Educational Programs

For Immediate Release

November 07, 2003

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has appointed Stuart Chase as director of membership and community affairs, and Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer as community education coordinator. The appointments were made as part of the Institute's new long-range plan, which provides additional resources to enhance the Clark's public education, regional, and community outreach initiatives. These new initiatives will build on the broad public programs in which the Clark is currently engaged throughout the Berkshires and beyond.

"Stuart and Ronna both bring great expertise and experience and are tremendous additions to the Clark staff," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute. "We look forward to the new educational and community programs that we will be able to offer our public under their guidance."

As director of membership and community affairs, Chase will oversee the Institute's membership program, Friends of the Clark, develop new public programs, direct special events, and oversee and expand the Clark's volunteer committees and their activities.

Chase has more than twenty-five years of experience in the museum field, where he has focused primarily on art, history, and historic preservation. He has been executive director at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York, director of the Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay, New York, and assistant director of the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. He has served on many non-profit boards dedicated to the community and the museum field and is currently a trustee of The Exhibition Alliance. Chase has a BFA concentrating in Art History and Museum Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters study at Long Island University in arts administration. In 1988 he attended the Attingham Summer School on the British Country House in Great Britain.

As an independent consultant, Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer has organized numerous educational programs and family days for the Clark, including the successful Victorian Seaside Family Day this past July. She earned her Ed.D. in psychological education from the University of Massachusetts in 1992. She has been a classroom teacher for grades PreK through 4 and taught in the teacher education program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from 1991 to 1996. Ostheimer has been an independent consultant and workshop leader for the North Adams Public School District, Lanesboro schools, Williams College, and the Clark. As a member of the Clark staff she will work with its expanded education department to develop year-round family and public programs and to enhance the Institute's outreach to new audiences across the region.

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 its dramatic 140-acre setting in the Berkshires.

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