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Michael R. Lynch and David H. Troob Join Clark Art Institute Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release

April 03, 2002

Michael R. Lynch of Lenox and New York, NY, and David H. Troob of Williamstown, New York, NY, and Irvine, CA, have been appointed trustees of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. Both Lynch and Troob joined the 16-member volunteer board at the trustees' winter meeting in February. The trustees work with the director and staff of the Clark to oversee the advancement of the Institute's dual mission as a public museum and center for research and higher education.

The Clark recently selected Pritzker prize-winning architect Tadao Ando to design its new facility, part of a master plan for the expansion and enhancement of its campus. The Clark's new building, scheduled to break ground in 2004, will be Ando's first museum project set within a rural American landscape. The 85,000 square-foot building will include new gallery space to exhibit more of the Clark's growing collection, particularly American art and decorative arts, as well as improved special exhibition galleries and visitor services such as orientation, shop, and restaurant. The new facility will also support the continued growth of the Institute's seminal research and academic programs, which stand among the foremost in the country, and house the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.

Lynch is a managing director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co. and a member of that firm's Investment Banking Division. He is also a trustee of Rice University in Houston and a member of the board of directors of Good Shepherd Services, a New York based social services agency. In addition he is a member of the board of directors of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Troob is chairman and CEO of The Geneva Companies, an affiliate of Smith Barney. He is a managing director of Smith Barney and the founder of D.H. Troob and Company, a New York investment banking limited partnership. Troob's non-profit work includes his membership on the board of directors of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and on the chief executive roundtable at the University of California, Irvine.

Lynch and Troob contribute their expertise to a board of distinguished experts from the legal, financial, business, and art fields. Current Clark trustees are: 

  • Frederick W. Beinecke of New York and Great Barrington, president and director of the private venture capital investment company Antaeus Enterprises, Inc.   
  • Mary Carswell of New York and Great Barrington, former executive director of the Peterborough, NH, artists' retreat, the MacDowell Colony    
  • Charles M. Collins of San Francisco, chairman and president of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company    
  • Thomas M. Galvin of Rye, NY, chief investment officer of Credit Suisse First Boston, New York    
  • Robert J. Geniesse of Washington, DC, and Boca Grande, FL, recently retired partner in the Washington office of Debevoise & Plimpton    
  • Grace Glueck of New York, NY, art critic at The New York Times    
  • John W. Hyland, Jr., of New York, NY, a partner in the investment firm of McFarland, Dewey, & Co.    
  • George D. Kennedy of Winnetka, IL, and Williamstown, managing partner of Berkshire Capital Investors and former C.E.O. of Mallinckrodt Group, Inc.    
  • Roger Mandle of Providence, RI, president of the Rhode Island School of Design    
  • Henry A. Millon of Washington, DC, former dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art    
  • James E. Moltz of Darien, CT, vice chairman of New York investment firm ISI    
  • Peter S. Willmott of Chicago and Williamstown, chairman and chief executive officer of Willmott Services, Inc., a retail and consulting firm    
  • James N. Wood of Chicago, director and president of The Art Institute of Chicago   
  • Francis Oakley of Williamstown is president of the Clark. Oakley is former president of Williams College and is currently the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas.

Ex Officio trustees are Michael Conforti, director of the Clark, and Morton Owen Schapiro, president of Williams College. Honorary trustees are: Charles E. Buckley of Mt. Vernon, NH, former director of the St. Louis Museum of Art; Miner D. Crary, Jr., of Northport, NY, Of Counsel for the New York law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle; and Casimir de Rham, Jr., of Cambridge, MA, Of Counsel for the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge.

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 the beauty of its 140-acre setting in the Berkshires. The Clark is also recognized for its special exhibitions, such as the recent Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, which concurrently advance critical thought and generate popular interest in the arts. The Institute is one of only a few art museums in the U.S. that is also a major research and academic center, with an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia, and an important art research library. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in art history, which has been part of the professional development of a significant number of directors of art museums, curators, and scholars. The Clark's Fellows and conference programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world to pursue research and share new scholarship. The Institute encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. The Clark also is home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, which serves more than 50 institutions in the region and also provides professional training in art conservation.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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