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For Immediate Release
September 4, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus leads “Van Gogh Rock Hike: From Shore to Shore, the Geological Story of Stone Hill” at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 pm. Hikers should meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus.

Travel in geological time over Stone Hill, explore your surroundings using magnifying glasses, and learn the geological story of Stone Hill and its landscape. Bring the whole family for this exciting hike on the Clark grounds, and consider how Van Gogh viewed the natural world as well. Free with paid admission; recommended for children 10 years or older. The Van Gogh and Nature exhibition is on view through Sunday, September 13.

In the event of rain, the event will be held Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 pm.

Bud Wobus received his BA from Washington University, MA from Harvard University, and PhD in geology from Stanford University. He was a founding member of the Geology Council of the Council on Undergraduate Research in 1988. To facilitate collaborative field-based research opportunities among students and staff in small geology departments at liberal arts colleges, he helped to establish the “WAMSIP-Geology” Consortium (Williams-Amherst-Mt. Holyoke-Smith Interinstitutional Project in Geology) with NSF support in the early 1970s, which later evolved into the Keck Geology Consortium—now comprised of eighteen colleges coast-to-coast—which has supported undergraduate research and innovations in geoscience education for more than twenty-five years.

As a member of the summer staff at the Colorado Outdoor Education Center (COEC) near Florissant, Colorado, for some twenty-five years, Wobus has directed many geology/natural history field weeks for Williams alumni based at The Nature Place Conference Center of COEC.


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, open to the public with more than 240,000 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 (open Labor Day, September 7). Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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