Discussion, debate, and accessibility constitute core values of the Program, expressed in the roster of courses and workshops, in graduate student participation in the activities of the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, in the annual Graduate Symposium, and perhaps most of all in the warm, collegial, but still intense conventions of intellectual exchange that prevail in this global community of art historians.
Faculty frequently draw on the distinguished local collections in the context of courses, allowing students to work closely with objects even as they pursue a broadly based course of study. The Program offers an annual course on methodology and interpretation in the history of art, as well as advanced training in expository writing and training in public presentations. Beyond courses in all areas of the history of art, the program also supports ongoing graduate workshops in contemporary curatorial issues, object study, and other fields of inquiry.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute hosts the Program and is its principal collaborator, setting an intense course of study within a renowned art museum and research institute. Graduate students form an integral part of a stimulating international community incorporating academics, curators, students, artists, and conservators. The Program is physically located at the Clark, and each student is assigned a carrel in the Clark’s Library.
Faculty and supervisors are drawn from the Williams Art Department, from the Williams College Museum of Art, and from the research and curatorial staff of the Clark, as well as from other affiliates.