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The Clark Awarded $25,000 Grant to Fund Institutional Archives and Records Management Program

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was recently awarded $25,000 from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York in support of an archives and records management program. The grant will enable the Clark to better describe, house, and preserve the Clark’s permanent records, the personal papers of Sterling Clark, and other important collections acquired by the Clark. This award brings the total raised for the archives program to over $230,000.

“The Clark is pleased to receive our first grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation,” said Clark director Michael Conforti. “Their strong support of research libraries and excellence in scholarship is perfectly aligned with the Clark’s archives program.”

The grant is funded through the foundation’s Humanities Program and Research Library Program. The Humanities Program supports a broad array of humanities projects. The Research Library Program is dedicated to improving the ability of research libraries to serve the need of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public.

The Clark’s library is one of the major art reference and research libraries in the country. Its resources include over 200,000 books, bound periodicals, auction sales catalogues, and current journals. It has a significant collection of both rare books and 20th century artists’ books. Arranged in open stacks, the library is non-circulating but open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

The Clark
Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Clark is one of the few major art museums in the United States that also serves as a leading international center for research and higher education. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and enhance the public understanding of art. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark is currently undergoing a major campus enhancement and building expansion led by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando who is designing two new buildings on the Clark campus. The new buildings will provide much-needed space for presenting, conserving and enjoying art, as well as for research and scholarly programs, and will reinforce the Clark’s standing as one of the few of the world’s major art museums located in a dramatic rural setting.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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