The Clark Announces Aso O. Tavitian as New Trustee

For Immediate Release

December 21, 2006

Aso O. Tavitian, of Stockbridge, MA, and New York City, has been appointed a trustee of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Tavitian joins the board at an important time in the Clark’s development – the beginning of the first phase of the Clark’s campus expansion, which began construction this spring. The expansion project, designed by architect Tadao Ando, will provide much-needed space for the Clark’s special exhibitions and research and academic programs, and will enhance the way visitors experience both art and the Clark’s beautiful 140-acre campus.

Tavitian is the CEO of Syncsort, a technological company he co-founded in 1969 that specializes in the development, marketing, and service of generalized infrastructure software products. He is well known for supporting many cultural organizations and human service agencies in the Berkshires, and for sponsoring scholarships for Armenian and Bulgarian students to study in the United States. He currently serves on the boards of The Austen Riggs Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Close Encounters with Music. He is also an avid art collector with an important collection of Old Master paintings.

“The Clark is extremely fortunate to have Aso joining the Clark at this time,” said Peter S. Wilmott, board president. “His passion for the visual arts and love of the Berkshires are great assets to the organization as we move forward and look to the 2008 opening of the Stone Hill Center.”

The Clark
Set amidst 140 bucolic acres in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, the Clark is an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. The Clark, together with Williams College, sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and Conference Programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world. The Clark campus is also home to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the nation’s largest member-supported regional facility for the restoration of works of art.

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 is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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