The Clark Appoints John Skavlem Senior Director of Development, and Diane Wortis Director of Development

For Immediate Release

July 20, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced the appointment of John Skavlem as senior director of development, and Diane Wortis as director of development. Skavlem and Wortis will oversee all aspects of development and fundraising for the Clark including membership, annual giving, planned gifts, grants, and the campus expansion campaign.

“The Clark is pleased to have a strong leader like John Skavlem in a senior development and strategy position and I’m delighted that someone with Diane Wortis’ experience and energy is joining the development team at this important time in the Clark’s growth. We are seeing the culmination of the exciting 50th anniversary season of exhibitions and programs, and the beginning of construction for the first phase of the Clark’s campus expansion,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark.

Skavlem has served as campaign director at the Clark since 2002, and moves into the newly created senior director of development position. He was previously director of marketing and venture initiatives for TechFoundation, a Cambridge, MA based non-profit dedicated to providing technology for other non-profit organizations. A Williams College graduate, Skavlem was the college’s director of the 25th reunion and major gifts officer from 1995-2000, where he substantially grew the program and set records for capital and annual fund gifts. Skavlem lives in Williamstown with his wife and two young children. He is an active member of the community serving on the Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Board, the MCLA Foundation Board, and the Williamstown Holiday Walk Committee. His past services include Trustee of the Milne Public Library, Greylock ABC, and president of the Williams College Faculty Club.

Wortis brings extensive non-profit executive leadership and development experience to the Clark. Most recently director of development and communications at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA, Wortis managed an $8 million campaign and internal and external communications. From 1995-2002 Wortis led fundraising and strategic planning efforts at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and pioneered the “Arts & the Media” conference, an annual gathering of more than 400 artists and art administrators. A graduate of Simmons Graduate School of Management and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Wortis previously held positions at Harvard University and the Huntington Theatre Company. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband and two children.

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Clark is one of the few major art museums in the United States that also serves as a leading international center for research and higher education. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and enhance the public understanding of art. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. The Clark is undergoing a major campus enhancement and building expansion led by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando who is designing two new buildings on the Clark campus. The new buildings will provide much-needed space for presenting, conserving and enjoying art, as well as for research and scholarly programs, and will reinforce the Clark’s standing as one of the few of the world’s major art museums located in a dramatic rural setting.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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