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Lenett Lecture to Focus on Bug Art

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Throughout her tenure as the 2011–12 Lenett Fellow in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, Zoë Samels has worked with conservators from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) to restore an entomological collage from the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Her Lenett Fellow project culminates with the free lecture Pinning Down History: Insects, America, and the Art of John Hampson at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, May 1, at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited; a reception will follow the lecture.

As the Lenett Fellow for the 2011–12 year, Samels will address her ongoing integration of art historical research and conservation treatments in the study and preservation of John Hampson’s General Slocum, a work created from 9,751 insect specimens caught by the artist himself. The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium houses the entirely of Hampson’s oeuvre: ten collages containing more than 70,000 beetles, moths, and butterflies, most of which take figures and motifs from American history as their subjects.

The Judith M. Lenett Memorial Fund was established by the family and friends of the late Ms. Lenett, a candidate for the M.A. degree, class of 1983, to provide lectures and seminars in American art and its conservation. Students with an interest in American art and art conservation enrolled in the graduate program may apply for the fellowship at the end of their first year. The student selected as the Lenett Fellow works with the staff of WACC during his/her second year in the program, culminating in a public lecture in the spring. The Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, the Clark, and WACC jointly administer the Lenett Fellowship.

The Clark

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission free through June 15. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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May 1: Throughout her tenure as the 2011–12 Lenett Fellow in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, Zoë Samels has worked with conservators from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC) to restore an entomological collage from the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Her Lenett Fellow project culminates with the free lecture Pinning Down History: Insects, America, and the Art of John Hampson at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, May 1, at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited; a reception will follow the lecture. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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