The Clark Raises $17 Million for Stone Hill Center

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2007

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced today that it has exceeded its fundraising goal for Stone Hill Center, raising nearly $17 million for the project to date. The most recent portion of funding comes in the form of an $800,000 grant award from The Kresge Foundation for the successful completion of its challenge grant. Construction of the $25 million center is on schedule for a June, 2008, opening.

The Kresge Foundation is a national foundation with $3 billion in assets. Through its grant making programs, The Kresge Foundation seeks to strengthen non-profit organizations by catalyzing their growth, connecting them to their stakeholders, and challenging greater support through grants.

“It is extremely gratifying that the Berkshire community supported this effort and The Kresge Foundation challenge with such enthusiasm. The appeal was embraced not only by current members, donors, and Clark staff, but by first-time supporters as well. Everyone is eagerly anticipating the opening of Stone Hill Center next June,” said John Skavlem, senior director of development at the Clark.

The funds raised for the project come from a variety of sources, including gifts ranging from under $100 to over $1 million from over 300 individual donors, six foundations, and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. In response to The Kresge Foundation’s desire for an organization to think beyond its traditional donor base, the Clark conducted a number of special appeals, including one for Clark staff in which 95% of employees participated.

“The tremendous success of this effort is a validation of the quality programs and exhibitions that the Clark provides to schools, educators, families, and visitors of all ages,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. “This outpouring of support is gratifying as it is truly reflective of how strongly people feel about what we do here.”

Funding for the grantee has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the state of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative agreement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Stone Hill Center
Stone Hill Center is the first phase of the Clark’s expansion and campus enhancement project. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando, the wood and glass 32,000-square-foot building will house new exhibition galleries, a meeting and studio art classroom, an outdoor café that affords panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Taconic Range, and a new home for the Williamstown Art Conservation Center (WACC).

The Clark
Set amidst 140 bucolic acres in the picturesque Berkshires, 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 scholarship. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and presents an array of public and educational programs. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. Its programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world. 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.

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