For Immediate Release
February 19, 2020
[Digital images available upon request]
Williamstown, Massachusetts–Eric L. Cochran was recently selected to serve as the next chair of the Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute, effective May 9, 2020. Cochran succeeds O. Andreas Halvorsen, who has served for six years in the leadership role. Robert G. Scott, the vice chair of the Clark’s board, will continue to serve in his current position.
Cochran is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He holds a BA from Williams College (1982) and an MS (1984) and JD (1986) from New York University.
“Serving as the chair of the Clark’s Board of Trustees is a tremendous honor and presents an exciting opportunity to assist the Clark as it continues its important work,” Cochran said. “The role of the arts and arts scholarship in our world today is critical, and the Clark has an outstanding record of nurturing, advocating for, and celebrating these contributions that serve to enhance and enrich society. In addition, the Clark is a key cultural partner contributing to the economic health and community vitality of Berkshire County and neighboring areas. The years ahead hold great promise for the Clark, and I am thrilled to be working with the Trustees, with Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay, and with the outstanding Clark staff.”
Cochran also noted that “over the last six years, Andreas Halvorsen has set a remarkable example of exceptional leadership, creating a camaraderie and shared vision that will continue to energize the board and the Institute. The entire board is deeply indebted to Andreas for his work on the Clark’s behalf and appreciative of his commitment to continue his participation as a Trustee going forward. We are equally grateful to Bob Scott for agreeing to extend his term as vice chair to ensure a smooth transition.”
Cochran joined the Clark’s Board of Trustees in 2016. In addition to his work on behalf of the Clark, Cochran serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Horizons National, a non-profit educational organization committed to improving the life trajectory of students from low-income families through summer learning opportunities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Research Foundation of the State University of New York and previously served as a Trustee at Williams College.
Cochran and his wife, the filmmaker Stacy Cochran, live in New York City and Williamstown.
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. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. 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.
Press Contact:
[email protected]