For Immediate Release
May 11, 2023


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Friday, June 2 from 9 am–5:30 pm, the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and the Clark Art Institute host public presentations by the program’s graduating Masters students. The presentations, timed in conjunction with Williams’ 2023 Commencement Weekend, address important topics in the history of art, from abstraction in American landscape painting, to a study of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, to prurient fantasies in the marginalia of the Rutland Psalter. Each of the graduating students speaks on their topic for approximately twenty minutes, in groups of three or four, with a discussion following each set of presentations. The presentations are the culmination of the two-year graduate program, jointly administered by Williams and the Clark, that is widely considered one of the nation’s leading art history programs. Its alumni have gone on to become influential scholars and leaders of renowned museums and arts institutions, among other organizations.

The symposium is free and open to the public and takes place in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

The Class of 2023 presenters are:
Talia Abrahams, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Nick Beischer, Durham, North Carolina
Meghan Clare Considine, Chicago, Illinois
Destinee Filmore, Tampa, Florida
Max Gruber, Stamford, Connecticut
Jordan Horton, Newark, New Jersey
Libby Kandel, New York, New York
Delaney Keenan, Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
So Jeong Lim, Seoul, South Korea
Anthony Ortega, Somerset, New Jersey
Luiza Repsold França, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Manolis Elijah Sueuga, Oakland, California

On Saturday, June 3 at 4:30 pm, the public is also invited to attend the program’s traditional hooding ceremony, honoring student accomplishments and reflecting upon student experiences over the last two years.

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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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