Who We Are

Caroline Fowler

Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program

Caroline Fowler is Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute and a lecturer in Art History at Williams College. She is a scholar of early-modern art, focused on the intertwined worlds of drawing, printmaking, and natural philosophy. She is particularly interested in histories of the body and the formation of selves, tracing the failures, conversion, and translation of personhood, bodies, and selves across the early-modern world, from the introduction of paper to artistic practice and the concomitant rise of the author to the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on the art market, speculation, and the creation of mythologies of selfhood, freedom, and free markets. Her current book Beyond Figuration: Dutch Painting and the Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (forthcoming, Duke University Press), examines the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on the Dutch art market, arguing that the impossibility of figuring the transubstantiation of life into a commodity structured the rise of certain genres, such as maritime painting and monuments. Her other books include The Art of Paper: From the Holy Land to the Americas (Yale University Press, 2020), and Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History (Brepols, 2018). She is also co-editor of the series Art/Work with Princeton University Press, which presents thought-provoking essays on intersections between the practice of conservation and art history. She has hosted the podcast In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing, and she is also currently Chair of ARIAH (Association of Research Institutes in Art History). Her work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study, the Getty Research Institute, the Renaissance Society of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Historians of Netherlandish Art.

Curriculum Vitae

Caitlin Woolsey


Caitlin Woolsey is an art historian who focuses on the historical confluence of visual art, media, and performance in the twentieth century. Her current book project examines how the integration of sound transformed intermedia artistic practices in the decades following the Second World War, focusing on the experimental sound poet Henri Chopin.  Caitlin received her PhD from Yale University and holds an MA in Philosophy and the Arts from Stony Brook University. She has previously held positions at the Guggenheim Museum, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where she helped curate the exhibition Beyond Words: Experimental Poetry & the Avant-garde (2019). Her scholarly and critical writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Asymptote, Venti, Jadaliyyathe Nasherand Continental Philosophy Review, among othersAt the Clark Caitlin produces and co-hosts the podcasts In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing and Object Studies, serves as editor of the digital publication Dialogue & New Directions, and organizes scholarly programs. She also teaches in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art and works closely with graduate student interns.

Shawnette smalls 


Shawnette Smalls is a fashion designer, independent curator, and gallerist. Smalls received her MS in Fashion Design from Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Her experience includes corporate retail work with Urban Outfitters, Perry Ellis International, John Varvatos and Donna Karren. In 2019, Smalls opened the Upper Darby Art Gallery in Pennsylvania, which she continues to own and operate along with her own private design consulting practice. Smalls has consulted on exhibitions at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Williams College Museum of Art, the private collection of Danny Simmons Jr. as well as the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Corridor ‘62. Additionally, Smalls acts remotely as curator of virtual programming for Rush Arts Philadelphia where she directs a thriving virtual art program serving elementary aged students in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


special projects coordinator IN THE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM  

Sara Houghteling is the author of the novel Pictures at an Exhibition (Knopf, 2009), a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book. Her work has been recognized with an NEA grant, a French Fulbright, the Narrative Prize, a John Steinbeck Fellowship, and residency at the Camargo Foundation. Sara’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Narrative Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. A former lecturer in the Stanford English Department, she also currently teaches fiction with the Williams College Winter Study Program. At the Clark, she assists on a range of writing, podcasting, and archival projects.

Annie Jun 


Annie Jun is the assistant in the Research and Academic Program and assistant editor in the Publications Department at the Clark.