Public Invited to a Showcase of Graduate Students' Talents June 2 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2006

The Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly by Williams College and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, will present the Eleventh Annual Spring Symposium on Friday, June 2. Members of the M.A. class of 2006 will present papers on a wide variety of topics, ranging in time from the eighth to the 21st century, and in media from manuscript illumination to iki-ningyo to trompe-l'oeil tilework. This day-long free symposium will begin at 9 am at the Clark, and the public is invited to attend.

Degree candidates and their topics are: Hannah Blumenthal - Joseph Cornell’s boxes; Susanna Brooks – 19th-century Japanese iki-ningyo; Rachel Hooper – Andy Warhol and Plato; Emilie Johnson – Gothic-revival architecture at Yale; Miranda Lash – the Brazilian contemporary artist Adriana Verajao; Jacob Lewis – Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson’s Virgil illustrations; Susannah Maurer – Winslow Homer’s Sleigh Ride; Mary Dailey Pattee – Mary Cassatt’s Offering the Panal to the Bullfighter; Allison Perdue – Edvard Munch’s The Sick Child; Amanda Potter – 19th-century funerary monuments to artists; Miranda Routh – Vittorio Carpaccio’s Vision of Saint Augustine; Liza Statton – the contemporary German painter Neo Rauch; Kerin Sulock – an 8th-century illumination in the Lichfield Gospel; and Jason Vrooman – Edouard Vuillard’s Public Gardens. The Homer and Cassatt paintings studied by Maurer and Pattee will both be on view in the Clark galleries.

Symposium papers are developed from the longer Qualifying Papers that each student writes during the second-year Winter Study period, this essay being a revision and refinement of work presented earlier during one of the student’s first three semesters. What makes the symposium the most fitting conclusion to the two-year course of study is the element of public scholarly performance. Each graduating student delivers a highly polished, clear, and enlightening talk.

The Graduate Program is one of the United States’ foremost master’s programs in art history. One of only three jointly sponsored programs in the country and among the premier art education programs in the world, it has produced over 350 graduates who have taken their place as leaders in the art and academic fields. The Clark and Williams work symbiotically, offering their professional staffs, libraries, and art collections to the students as invaluable resources. Program professors are drawn from both institutions, and the program is housed at the Clark. The Clark’s extensive research facilities, such as the Library, support the original academic scholarship conducted by the students.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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