Artist, Naturalist James Prosek to Deliver Free Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 19, 2013

Williamstown, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute welcomes artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek for a free lecture on Sunday, September 1 at 3 pm. Prosek discusses his work as an artist in the context of Audubon, Winslow Homer, and the American natural experience.

Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen with Trout: An Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which features seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. He has written for The New York Times and National Geographic and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler.

In 2004, Prosek cofounded a conservation initiative called World Trout with Yvon Chouinard, owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation through the sale of T-shirts featuring trout paintings. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish, published in September 2010, was a New York Times Book Review editor's choice and was the subject of a documentary for the PBS series Nature that aired in April 2013. He is currently working on a book about how scientists name and order the natural world.

Prosek is a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale and a member of the board of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. He lives in Easton, Connecticut.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303. The Clark’s library is closed for renovation through September 3, 2013.

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