Clark building

The Clark

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Continued additions to the collection and the institute’s long history of collaborating with living artists and contemporary art historians ensures vibrancy and relevance in an ever-changing world.


The Clark is one of only a handful of institutions globally with a dual mission as an art museum and a distinguished center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.

The Clark’s mission and geographical location define three essential aspects of its character and identity: the quality of its art, the beauty of its pastoral setting, and the depth of its commitment to the generation of ideas.


The Clark Art Institute sits on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people. We acknowledge the tremendous hardship of their forcible removal from these homelands by colonial settlers. A federally recognized Nation, they now reside in Wisconsin and are known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. As we learn, speak, and gather here, we pay honor to their ancestors (past and present) and to future generations by committing to build a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

Board of Trustees


Glenn Barnes
Maureen Fennessy Bousa
Sandra L. Burton
Patrick J. Landers
Elizabeth B. Lee
Glenn D. Lowry
Michael R. Lynch
Doris Fischer Malesardi
Frank Martucci
Paul R. Provost, Vice Chair*
William C. Schmidt
Scott Schweighauser, Treasurer*
Howard Shapiro
Denise Littlefield Sobel, Chair*
Todd Tibbetts
E. Helge Weiner-Trapness

Maud Mandel, Williams College President, ex officio

Staff Leadership

Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director
Esther Bell, Deputy Director

* = Corporate Officers