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WMHT to Air Documentary on the Williamstown Art Conservation Center February 18 and 21

For Immediate Release

February 06, 2007

Art & Craft, a new documentary film featuring the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC), will air on WMHT on Sunday, February 18, and again on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:30 pm. The 30-minute film, the first by director/producer David L. Lewis, documents the important work and expertise of WACC. Beginning in 2008, WACC will be housed in the Stone Hill Center, the first phase of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s campus expansion and enhancement project designed by architect Tadao Ando. Large expanses of glass, a feature of the Stone Hill Center, will capture the much-needed northern light for WACC conservators and also allow for visitors to watch conservation in progress.

“I was really impressed by the rich variety of work going on at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the incredible level of expertise and attention to detail by the staff,” said Lewis. “They are constantly coming up with creative solutions to fascinating problems – within the strict confines of their profession.”

The documentary includes an interview with WACC director Thomas Branchick and follows employees as they conserve important works of art including a Henri Matisse drawing, a Roman bust of Commodus dating to the second century AD, a document containing the earliest mention of baseball (leading speculation that the sport began in Pittsfield, not Cooperstown, NY), and a gold leaf Herter Brothers NY side chair, c. 1885.

“I'm so excited that this documentary will allow the general public a glimpse of the conservation efforts necessary to maintain works of art,” said Branchick. “The behind-the-scenes treatments at WACC are vitally important for the preservation of objects for future generations.”

Producer, director and writer Lewis is a veteran television and print journalist based in New York City. He spent five years at CBS News, as an associate producer for correspondent Ed Bradley at 60 Minutes, before turning independent in 2006. Art & Craft is his first independent project.

The film, produced by WMHT, is available for $19.95 plus tax through the WMHT website at www.wmht.org or by calling 800-950-9648.

The Williamstown Art Conservation Center
The Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC), a nonprofit organization located on the campus of the Clark, treats objects ranging from historic artifacts, antiques, and heirlooms to some of the most important paintings, watercolors, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and furniture in the country. Founded in 1977 to address the conservation and preservation needs of a small consortium of collecting institutions in the Northeast, the Center now serves more than 55 member museums and historical societies, as well as many individuals and corporations.

The Clark
In 2008, the Clark will open the Stone Hill Center, the first phase of its expansion and campus enhancement project. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando, the wood and glass 32,000-square-foot building will house new intimately scaled galleries, a meeting and studio art classroom, an outdoor café, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC).

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