Clark Art Institute Appoints New Director for Research and Academic Program

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has appointed Lisa Saltzman to serve as the Starr director of its Research and Academic Program.

Saltzman is the chair of the Department of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College and is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities. She will lead the program's international agenda of intellectual events and collaborations and will oversee the Clark's residential Fellows program, all based on the Institute's 140-acre campus.

"Lisa Saltzman brings exceptional qualifications and tremendous energy to her new role as the leader of our Research and Academic Program, and I am confident that she will enhance RAP's leadership in visual arts scholarship, engaging diverse voices and sparking global conversations that will broaden its influence," said Olivier Meslay, the Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark. "In addition to her extensive academic and administrative credentials, Lisa brings a deep knowledge of our program, having spent a year here as the Oakley Fellow, during which time she forged wonderful working relationships with our staff and with the faculty of Williams College. We are delighted that she will lead the program into the future and look forward to welcoming her to the Clark in January 2018."

Saltzman holds both a master's degree and a doctorate in fine arts from Harvard University, and earned her bachelor's degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University. Saltzman has earned a number of awards and academic honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in spring 2012. She has served on the Bryn Mawr faculty for 23 years, teaching a wide variety of courses in its undergraduate and graduate programs in the history of art, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary art and theory. In addition, she served for seven years as the director of Bryn Mawr's Center for Visual Culture.

"I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of serving as the next Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program," Saltzman said. "I spent one of the happiest years of my scholarly life on a fellowship jointly hosted by the Clark and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College and cherished the opportunity to live in that scholarly community, surrounded by the beauty of the Berkshires and the riches of the Clark library. It's thrilling to think that I will now be the facilitator of such community and conversation for others. I am eager to start working with my new colleagues at the Clark and Williams College to build on RAP's remarkable history and secure its place in the future."

Saltzman is a noted art historian and is the author of three books: "Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects" (University of Chicago Press, 2015); "Making Memory Matter: Strategies of Remembrance in Contemporary Art" (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and "Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz" (Cambridge University Press, 1999). In collaboration with Eric Rosenberg, she also organized and edited the volume "Trauma and Visuality in Modernity" (Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England, 2006).

A Massachusetts native, Saltzman has published numerous articles and papers in a wide range of academic journals and scholarly publications, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter at academic conferences throughout the world. She serves as a member of the advisory board for The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory and is a member of an advisory committee for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

In her new role, Saltzman will conceptualize, coordinate, and develop the Institute’s art historical research and academic efforts, creating intersections where the knowledge and insights of museum and university professionals come together.

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