WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Clark Art Institute will hold two free events as part of ArtWeek, the statewide, award-winning creative festival offering more than 500 events at Massachusetts cultural institutions from April 27–May 6, 2018. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and to make art and culture more accessible to everyone.
On Sunday, April 29, the Clark invites visitors to drop by a free open house from 11 am–3 pm in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, located in the Manton Research Center. Curatorial Assistant Kristie Couser presents a selection of prints, drawings, and photographs from the permanent collection.
On Sunday, May 6, the Clark presents a free day centered around “Clark Buzz,” the Institute’s honeybee sustainability initiative. Free bee-themed activities include making native seed bombs or a beeswax candle and tasting the Clark’s first batch of honey produced from its own bees. At 2 pm, Clark Director Olivier Meslay joins Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes, Massachusetts Chief Apiary Inspector Dr. Kim Skyrm, and local beekeeper Dave Thayer for a one-hour discussion about the Clark’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. All events are free, and admission to the galleries is free all day.ABOUT ARTWEEK
ArtWeek is an annual ten-day festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, offering new ways to experience art and culture. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy. ArtWeek has also secured a network of more than seventy statewide, regional and local collaborators and more than a dozen media partners to help promote the upcoming festival. For more information, visit artweekMA.org.ABOUT THE CLARK
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 more than 270,000 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 is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. The Institute also has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.