The Clark Receives Grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation for Collaborative Conference with Asia Society

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announces that $60,000 in grants has been awarded to the Clark/Asia Society conference “Asian Art History in the Twenty-first Century.”   Two grants, in the amount of $30,000 each from the Henry Luce Foundation in New York and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation in San Francisco, will support the conference, which provides a forum for discussion and debate among international leaders in the field of Asian art.   A portion of the grant funds will be used to publish the conference proceedings as part of the Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series, a partnership between the Clark and Yale University Press.

“The Clark is pleased to receive recognition from two such prestigious organizations.  Their commitment reinforces the international importance of the Clark’s Research and Academic Program,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark.

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia program provides opportunities to improve the understanding between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific Region.  Grants typically support advanced scholarship, create new resources, or promote the exchange of ideas and information between Americans and Asians.  The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation funds activities that foster new ideas and education and encourage creativity; the foundation is particularly interested in arts, Asia, and education.

At this conference held April 27 through 29, historians, curators, and critics of Asian art will discuss their field, its historiography, its tensions, and its possible future directions.  Speakers will include Jerome Siblergeld of the Tang Center for Chinese and Japanese Art at Princeton University, Yukio Lippit of Harvard University, and Dr. Gao Shiming of the China Academy of Art, Visual Research Center, Hangzhou, among many other distinguished professionals.

The conference is the first collaboration between the Clark and Asia Society and begins with a public conversation at Asia Society in New York on Thursday evening, April 27, and continues in Williamstown at the Clark on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. For more information and to register, call 413-458-0460.


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