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Clark Art Institute to Commemorate September 11 with Free Admission, Special Program Celebrating Freedom

For Immediate Release

August 26, 2002

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will participate in "Museums Celebrate America's Freedoms," an effort by American museums to join communities in a day of remembrance on September 11. On Wednesday, September 11, the Clark will offer free admission and present a special gallery program celebrating American patriots in the Clark collection. The gallery talk at 12:30 p.m. will feature the famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart and other works by American artists.

"The Clark will join with museums all over the country in a day of remembrance," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. "Following the tragic events of September 11, museums everywhere provided an emotional refuge for their local communities. The Clark will provide a place of reflection as well as celebrate the freedoms that we all cherish."

"Museums Celebrate America's Freedoms" is organized by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums. More than 120 museums across the United States are participating.

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. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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