The Clark Partners With B.I.L.L. To Present Mini-Course

For Immediate Release

March 02, 2005

The Clark will partner with the Berkshire Institute of Lifelong Learning to present a mini-course this March. "Every Picture Tells a Story" will examine the most popular themes in Western art with a series at the Clark beginning on Thursday, March 10.   Lectures begin at 1 pm on four consecutive Thursdays and last one hour, followed by time for gallery visits.  Cost is $7 per session ($5 for Clark and B.I.L.L. members).

"We have a wonderful opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with B.I.L.L. by collaborating on this mini-course, sharing our resources for continuing education with B.I.L.L.'s dedication to lifelong learning" said Michael Cassin, the Clark's curator of education.  "We are delighted to open this course to our members and the public as well."

"The Art of Narrative Painting" will begin the series on March 10.  "The Art of Portraiture" will be explored on March 17.  March 24 will feature "The Art of Landscape Painting."  The series will conclude on March 31 with "The Art of Figure Painting."  Cassin hosts each session that will include a slide lecture with reference to works in the permanent collection and from other museums around the world. 

The Clark offers a range of public education and community programs that actively engage people of all ages and backgrounds. The Clark presents an annual family festival each summer as well as indoor family programs throughout the year, engaging children and adults alike in the arts through educational activities, entertainment, and hands-on experiences related to special exhibitions and the collection.   Adult education includes art history courses for the public and for the Berkshire Institute of Lifelong Learning.   Frequent gallery talks enhance the experience of the collections, including regular talks for new mothers with infants and monthly talks for working people on their lunch hour.   As the authoritative voice of the visual arts in the region, the Clark offers free public lectures on special exhibitions, the collection, and other topics.   The public is also welcome to hear new research presented by the Clark Fellows and other visiting scholars.  

B.I.L.L. is a membership-run, non-profit educational organization sponsored by Berkshire Community College, Williams College and Simon's Rock College. It is an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network of Learning in Retirement Institutes. There are spring, fall and winter academic semesters, Special Project lectures on a wide variety of topics, as well as trips to museums, theaters and historic sites. Daytime courses are held in Pittsfield at BCC's main campus, in Great Barrington at BBC's South County Center and at Simons Rock College, and in Williamstown at Williams College and at the Clark. For more information on B.I.L.L., call (413) 499-4660, ext. 456, or ext. 496.

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

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