The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, usually referred to simply as "The Clark", proudly declares itself to be the art museum with the largest and most varied collection in Williamstown, Massachusetts. After more than a decade on the job, its current director Michael Conforti announced his retirement on August 31.
Facing a big decision, Francis Oakley accepted the responsibility and challenge of being the new director of the Clark Art Institute. Taking a look at his long-life accomplishments, we can say that he fully deserves his future function. Holding a trustee position at the Clark, he was its’ board president from 1998-2005. Before reaching an even higher position, he served as president of art history powerhouse Williams College from 1985 to 1993. In the present, he is also professor emeritus of the History programs at Williams. The chair and vice chair of the Clark’s board, Andreas Halvorsen and Robert G. Scott presented a bright vision upon their decision regarding Frank’s future function “With a strong interim director in place, the board has the luxury of knowing that we will be able to devote sufficient time to conduct a thorough and deliberate search for our next director.” According to the two, he earned a base role in the institution “We feel fortunate that Frank is willing to serve the Clark in such an important role during this time of transition,”.
After all, there are absolutely no worries the Clark Art Institute’s board being on the good hands and it will surely stay this way.