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Who We Are

Caroline Fowler

Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program

Caroline Fowler is the Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark and teaches in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. She is the author of Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History (Harvey Miller Series in Baroque Art, 2016) and The Art of Paper: From the Holy Lands to the Americas (Yale University Press, 2019). She is a specialist in the early modern period with a focus on the materiality of prints and drawings, philosophies of conservation, the archive and its absences, and the failures and necessities of global art history. Her research has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Getty Research Institute, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Historians of Netherlandish Art. She also hosts the podcast In the Foreground: Conversations on Art & Writing

Caitlin Woolsey

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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.

MAGGIE O'CONNOR

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR OF THE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Maggie O’Connor previously held the position of vice president, appraisals director in the Trusts, Estates, and Appraisals Department at Christie’s New York, where she enjoyed a 14+ year career. From 2012–2021, Maggie oversaw the team responsible for producing appraisals and valuations for museum, non-profit, private, and corporate clients in North America and South America. Boasting an average of 2,100 valuations and 160,000 objects each year, the appraisals produced were for financial planning, insurance, and various tax purposes. Maggie received her BA in Studio Art from Allegheny College, where she focused on photography and installation art. Outside of the Clark, she enjoys photographing family portraits, nature, and daily life, while exploring the Berkshires with her family.

SARA HOUGHTELING 

ASSISTANT 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 

ASSISTANT IN THE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM  

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