For Immediate Release
April 14, 2021 

CLARK ART INSTITUTE offERS FREE Admission on May 2 as part of its first sundays free initiative 

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s popular First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2. Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary. 

Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark’s first outdoor exhibition, Ground/work, consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian’s Knee and Elbow, Eva Lewitt’s Resin Towers, and Kelly Akashi’s A Device to See the World Twice—at 11 am. Space on these walks is limited. Pre-registration and face coverings are required for all participants. Visit for more information and to register.

Indoors, take advantage of one of the last opportunities to see the exhibition A Change in the Light: The Cliché-verre in Nineteenth-Century France, on view through May 16 in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery. The exhibition features forty-four prints by five French artists and highlights the practice of cliché-verre, a hybrid process developed in the mid-nineteenth century, combining drawing and printmaking with the new medium of photography.  

In addition, visitors can explore the year-long installation Erin Shirreff: Remainders, on view in the Clark’s Manton Research Center and in the lower level of the Clark Center.  

Visitors can take advantage of special materials available at the Clark’s admissions desk to enhance their visit to the Clark’s galleries, including special Looking Closely cards that provide a variety of activities to do while exploring works in the Clark’s permanent collection and complementary drawing pads for sketching. 

Free admission on May 2 is generously supported by Adams Community Bank. Visit for more information or to pre-register for timed admission tickets. 

Generous support for A Change in the Light: The Cliché-verre in Nineteenth-Century France is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel, with additional support from the Troob Family Foundation. 

Ground/work is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel. Major support for Ground/work is provided by Karen and Robert Scott and Paul Neely. Additional funding is generously provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; Maureen Fennessy Bousa and Edward P. Bousa; Amy and Charlie Scharf; Elizabeth Lee; MASS MoCA; Chrystina and James Parks; Howard M. Shapiro and Shirley Brandman; Joan and Jim Hunter; James and Barbara Moltz; and a gift in honor of Marilyn and Ron Walter. 


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. 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; and EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303. 

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