Art History Graduate Students Share Scholarly Achievements June 1

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2012


Williamstown, Mass.—The Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly by Williams College and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present the seventeenth Annual Spring Symposium on Friday, June 1. Members of the M.A. class of 2012 will present papers on a wide array of topics, ranging from the historiography of Michelangelo’s Florentine Pièta to Thomas Moran’s field studies in Yellowstone, from the idea of art history in 1962 Fluxus manifestoes to how contemporary artist Dario Robleto plays with our sense of the past. The day will include consideration of broad themes as well as discussions of single works of art. This day-long symposium will begin at 9:15 am at the Clark and is free and open to the public.

Symposium papers are developed from longer qualifying papers that students write during their second-year Winter Study period, revising and refining work from an earlier seminar. The symposium comprises public, scholarly performances aimed to inform and challenge those interested in the visual arts.

The graduate program is among the nation’s foremost master’s programs in art history, with both a national and international reputation. Among the premier art education programs in the world, it has produced over 400 graduates who have taken their places as leaders in artistic and academic fields. The Clark–Williams College partnership is a symbiotic relationship, and both institutions make their professional staffs, libraries, and art collections available to the students as invaluable resources. Program professors are drawn from both institutions and the program is housed at the Clark, whose extensive research facilities support the students’ original academic scholarship.

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 is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is 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

Contact: Sally Morse Majewski,

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