January 19, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—In conjunction with the exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection at the Clark Art Institute, Japanese calligrapher Masako Inkyo presents a free lecture and demonstration on the art of shodo on Sunday, February 5 at 1 pm in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. At 2:30 pm, Inkyo leads a hands-on workshop on basic calligraphy strokes and a selection of Japanese characters.

Registration for the workshop, which is limited to twenty participants, is required; a $25 fee ($20 members) includes the cost of materials. To reserve, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524. As part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, admission to the galleries is free all day.

Inkyo’s demonstration and lecture will incorporate landscape images from works on view in Japanese Impressions. Shinko Kagaya, professor of Japanese in the Asian Studies Department at Williams College, will introduce the artist and provide commentary.

Shodo is a type of Japanese calligraphy using a brush and charcoal ink on paper. A centuries-old tradition, shodo originated as a form of letter-writing, and has since developed into a fine art studied and practiced around the world.
Inkyo holds a degree in Japanese literature and calligraphy from Yasuda University, Japan. She is a member of the two largest shodo professional organizations and has achieved the highest ranking in both. As a recipient of numerous awards for her work, Inkyo collaborates with artists and corporations worldwide. She has taught shodo at the Japan Society and at the Keio Academy of New York.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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