January 10, 2019
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute has launched a new snowshoe program to encourage exploration of the winter beauty of its Williamstown campus. Project Snowshoe provides visitors with the chance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Clark to trek the 140-acre campus during snow season.
“The Clark’s grounds are a central part of our identity. Thousands of people walk our trails and meadows during warm weather, but our campus is equally wonderful in the winter,” said Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Director of Education. “Encouraging people to get out and enjoy the beauty of winter is a great way to extend our embrace of our landscape and a fun way to connect with nature.”
The Clark has installed a snowshoe rack and benches adjacent to the west side of its Manton Research Center building. Snowshoes are available in three sizes for both adults and children to borrow. Visitors who prefer to use poles are welcome to bring their own.
“Whether you’re a novice or an experienced snowshoer, our campus offers plenty of open space to explore and enjoy,” said Tulgan Ostheimer. She noted that participants should observe safety precautions, including dressing properly for the elements, bringing a cell phone, carrying water and snacks, and snowshoeing with a companion. Children must accompanied by an adult.
Details on snowshoe safety are available on the Clark’s website at
“We’re looking forward to the first good snowfall and hope our visitors and neighbors will take advantage of a new way to connect with the Clark,” Tulgan Ostheimer said.
Project Snowshoe is generously supported by the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.
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 275,000 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; open daily in July and August. 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; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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