For Immediate Release
September 14, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, September 28 at 1 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts an open house for prospective new docents. Those interested in becoming a Clark docent can learn more about the program during an information session held in the Carswell Room, located in the lower level of the Clark Center building. 

Staff from the Education Department will outline the ways in which Clark docents engage student and adult visitors with the Institute’s collection and special exhibitions through guided, interactive tours. A background in art, art history, or teaching is helpful but not required. Most important is a passion for art, the ability to communicate easily with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and the desire to learn and grow. Light refreshments and free admission to the museum will be provided.

To RSVP or for further information about the docent program, email Kristin Bengtson, Senior Manager of Gallery Education at [email protected].

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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