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Clark Art Institute Appoints New Staff Members for External Affairs

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2003

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has appointed Christine Hoek as deputy director for external affairs and John Skavlem as director of the Clark campaign. The appointments were made as part of the Institute's new long-range plan, which provides additional resources to enhance the Clark's outreach initiatives within the region and beyond.

As head of external affairs, Hoek will direct the Clark's development, communications, and membership departments, expanding communication and developing support for the Clark's programs and building expansion initiatives, broadening and deepening its mission as both a public museum and research center. As one of two deputy directors, Hoek will also oversee the implementation of the Clark's strategic plan and be involved in overseeing the operations of the Institute.

Prior to her appointment at the Clark, Hoek served as vice president for advancement at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, where her responsibilities included oversight of a $500 million fundraising campaign. From 1988-98, Hoek was vice president for development and alumni affairs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she served as a member of the President's Staff and guided the college through two fundraising campaigns. Hoek serves as a member of the board of International Education for Students Abroad (IES) and is a past member of the board of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She is also a member of the faculty of the Williamsburg Development Institute. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alfred University in New York, where she received the Young Alumna of Distinction Award. She and her husband, Jon, have two children.

John Skavlem was previously director of marketing and venture initiatives for TechFoundation, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, based non-profit dedicated to providing technology for other non-profit organizations. From 1995-2000, Skavlem was senior development officer and director of the 25th reunion program at Williams College, where he was responsible for major gifts and set records for capital and annual fund gifts. Skavlem has also worked in marketing and advertising as a senior executive at the Hiram Walker Group in Woodland Hills, California, The Paddington Corporation in Fort Lee, NJ, Berenter Greenhouse & Webster in New York, and D'arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, New York. A graduate of Williams College, he and his wife, Wendy, have one son, John.

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 its dramatic 140-acre setting in the Berkshires.

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 will be Ando's first museum project set within a rural American landscape. The 95,000 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. The first phase of the expansion, an education and conservation center known as Clark Greylock, is expected to break ground in 2004 at a second campus located on Route 7 in Williamstown.

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