For Immediate Release
November 9, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Thursday, November 30, the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program hosts the symposium British Art 1750–1919: Reflections and Futures, presented in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Clark’s Manton Research Center building, which houses the Clark’s gallery dedicated to British art. The event takes place from 9 am–5 pm in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion, located in the Clark Center.

Free and open to the public, the symposium presents an opportunity to reflect on the Manton Collection of British Art, assembled by Sir Edwin A.G. Manton and his wife Florence, Lady Manton, over the course of some sixty years. In 2007, the Manton Foundation made a transformative gift to the Clark of more than 300 British paintings, drawings, and prints, constituting the most significant addition of art to the Clark since it was founded in 1955. The addition of the Manton Collection dramatically enhanced the significance and visibility of the Clark’s holdings of British art. 

The Research and Academic Program, in collaboration with the Williams College/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art, convenes scholars—former Fellows, staff, and Williams students—whose work has been influenced by their time within the Manton Research Center building.

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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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