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The Clark Announces Election of Jane Forbes Clark as New Trustee

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2007

Jane Forbes Clark has been elected a trustee of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Miss Clark is granddaughter of Stephen Clark and grandniece of Sterling Clark, founder of the Institute. The appointment coincides with the exhibition Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings: The Clark Brothers Collect at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by the Clark, the exhibition explores Stephen and Sterling’s relationship as it compares their collecting and examines their contributions to the changing taste for Impressionist and early modern art in the first half of the twentieth century.

“Jane brings considerable board expertise and philanthropic experience to the Clark, and has deep and far-ranging experience in helping cultural institutions effectively serve their constituencies,” said Peter S. Wilmott, board president. “I’m delighted to note that having Jane join the Clark represents another chapter in the story of the Clark family, symbolically laying to rest the separation between her grandfather and granduncle, which began in 1923.

Miss Clark is chairman of the board of directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; chairman of The Farmers' Museum, Inc.; president of The Clark Foundation, The Scriven Foundation, The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, Inc., and the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation. She is also a trustee of The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. She is the past chairman of the New York State Historical Association and spearheaded the expansion of the facilities of its Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

My granduncle established one of the most significant art institutions in the country, and I am honored to be part of it during this important time in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s history,” said Miss Clark.

Miss Clark has been the recipient of many awards and honors. Most recently she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; inducted into the All-Sports Hall of Fame by the Boys' Club of New York; and conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Colgate University. She has been recognized as a Pillar of New York by the Preservation League of New York and Humanitarian of the Year by the New York City Fire Department.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 bucolic acres in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, the Clark was founded by Sterling and Francine Clark in 1955 and has since grown to become an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending 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, 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. Its fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world. The Clark campus is also home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the nation’s largest member-supported regional facility for the restoration of works of art.

Edward Clark, grandfather of Sterling and Stephen Clark, was co-founder with Isaac Singer of the Singer Manufacturing Company. He graduated from Williams College in 1831 and later served as a trustee, as did his son Alfred Corning Clark. The college’s geology department is housed in Clark Hall, which was originally endowed by Edward and later rebuilt in his honor by his family in 1908. These strong connections with the town and Williams College were factors in Sterling’s decision to locate his museum here. He also established the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation that supports New York City–based organizations.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, September to June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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