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    In 1910, after a career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. Thus the collections focus almost exclusively on European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. The Institute's greatest strengths lie in nineteenth-century European and American painting, especially the French Impressionists; English silver; master drawings and prints; and, in recent years, the Institute's growing collection of early photography.

    The grounds, galleries, gift shops, cafe, auditorium were beautiful spaces. The views from windows were spectacular.

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    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened in a large 19th century factory building formerly occupied by Sprague Electric Works. It opened with 19 galleries and 100,000 sq ft of exhibition space in 1999. In addition to galleries and performing arts spaces. MASS MoCA also rents space to commercial tenants. Mass MoCA is one of the largest & most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging. Mass MoCA exhibits work by well known & emerging artists of today, focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums. The soaring galleries with 110,000 square feet of open, flexible space and their robust industrial character have proven both inspiring and empowering to artists.

    Badlands New Horizons in Landscape exhibit was the antithesis of the beautiful Badlands in South Dakota. The artists in this exhibition share this collective anxiety ­ some turn to the past to see how their predecessors negotiated the terrain of the landscape while some propose entirely new ideas. While deeply aware of the legacy of the landscape, each of these artist reinvents the genre to produce works that look beyond vast beauty to address current environmental issues.

    Eastern Standard Western Artists in China featured a range of works by artists addressing the complex issues facing China in the wake of industrialization and globalization. Numerous video installations took us on a journey through a lock of the colossal Three Gorges Dam, one of the most celebrated and most controversial projects in China's new development and a symbol of the conflicting opinions about China's future. We felt the massiveness of the factories & enormous living complexes.

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    A liberal Arts school of significant prestige that was chartered over 200 years ago.
    WILLIAMS COLLEGE is the second oldest college in Massachusetts. Established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams.
    As of 2007, the school has an enrollment of 2003 undergraduates.

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    Favorite thing: Located in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, on Highway 2 and in Berkshire County, is the lovely town of WILLIAMSTOWN. It shares a border with Vermont to the North and New York State to the West. It is home of Williams College and the Clark Art Institute.
    Williamstown is also known for its cultural attractions including the Chapin Library of Rare Books where original printings of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are on display.
    Williamstown was first settled in 1749 and incorporated in 1765.
    Notable Residents of Williamstown:
    Cole Porter - songwriter
    Matthew Perry - Actor
    Christopher Reeve - Actor
    William Henry Vanderbilt III - Politician
    Fay Vincent - Former commissioner of Baseball

    Fondest memory: The First Congregational Church - 1765
    A beautiful structure located at 906 Main Street, Williamstown

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