Clark Art Names New Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has appointed Anne Leonard as the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Leonard will be responsible for the care and growth of the Clark's works on paper collection, oversee the ongoing exhibition program in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, supervise the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, and contribute to other curatorial and academic initiatives. She joins the Clark staff in January 2019.

"Anne Leonard is an inspired curator and a talented teacher—a combination that will be so important to her role as the Manton curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs," said Olivier Meslay, the Hardymon director of the Clark Art Institute. "While her expertise in 19th-century European art is ideally suited to the scope of our collection, Anne brings great insight and curiosity about the entire works on paper collection. Her creativity will surely inform the exhibitions she will organize at the Clark. The collection is also a vital teaching tool—both for our colleagues at Williams College and for educators, students, and scholars from around the world—and Anne will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable resource and collaborator.”

Leonard currently serves as senior curator of European art and director of publications and research at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and as a lecturer in the history of art on the University of Chicago's faculty. She has been a member of the Smart's curatorial staff for 15 years, holding a series of progressively responsible positions. She holds an MA and PhD in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University with a BA in French.

Leonard has participated in nearly 30 exhibitions at the Smart as a curator, co-curator, or coordinating curator, working in collaboration with other organizers including the National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the McMullen Museum of Art (Boston College), and the Grey Art Gallery (New York University). She has co-edited, authored  and contributed to an extensive number of publications.

"As a premier museum, research institute and training ground for art historians, the Clark offers an exceptional opportunity to serve both the public and scholarly missions of our field," Leonard said. " am thrilled to begin working with the Clark's first-rate collections, beautiful facilities, and talented staff to generate projects that will further the extraordinary potential of the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper. It is also a great pleasure to return to the Berkshires, a region I first fell in love with as a teenager."


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