May 15, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly by Williams College and the Clark Art Institute, presents the twenty-third annual Spring Symposium on Friday, June 1 from 9 am–5 pm. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Members of the masters of arts graduate class of 2018 present papers on wide array of topics. Consideration of broad themes is undertaken as well as discussions of single works of art.

Symposium papers are developed from longer qualifying papers that each student writes during the second-year winter study period, revising and refining work from an earlier seminar. The symposium is comprised of public, scholarly presentations aimed to inform and challenge those interested in the visual arts.

Among the premier art education programs in the world, the graduate program has produced more than 500 graduates who have taken their place as leaders in the art and academic fields. The Clark and Williams work together to offer their professional staffs, libraries, and art collections to the students as invaluable resources. Program professors are drawn from both institutions. The program is housed at the Clark, whose extensive research facilities support the academic scholarship conducted by the students.

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, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, 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. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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