For Immediate Release
April 21, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute holds its final First Sunday Free of the season on Sunday, May 7. Offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, the day also features a series of special activities from 1–4 pm, and a pop-up display of works on paper on view from 11 am–1 pm. May’s theme is “Fashion.” 

Explore clothing and costume drawn from the Clark's collection. Browse the galleries and design an outrageous outfit inspired by clothes and accessories worn by figures in the paintings. Bring the art to life by dressing yourself and/or a mannequin in collection-inspired fashion and accessories for a unique photo opportunity. Then, make a fabric-rubbing and learn about the variety of textures and qualities of textiles.

In conjunction with other fashion-themed activities and surprises, the Clark’s Manton Study Center for Works on Paper hosts a pop-up exhibition. Step into the ruffled skirts lining nineteenth-century Parisian streets and slip on the finest Victorian boots to enjoy a special display of works on paper showcasing the diverse styles and trends captured by artists from around the globe. The pop-up display will be on view from 11 am–1 pm in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, located in the Manton Research Center.

Visitors can see the special exhibitions, Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch and Elizabeth Atterbury: Oracle Bones.

Free. No advance registration required. For more information, visit

Family programs are generously supported by Allen & Company.

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 some 300,000 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 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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