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Larry Smallwood. Photo: MASS MoCA.

Clark Art Institute Appoints Larry Smallwood Deputy Director

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, announced today that Larry Smallwood has been named its new deputy director. Smallwood, who currently serves as the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) succeeds Tony King, who is stepping down after a twenty-year tenure. Smallwood will assume his responsibilities on October 29.

Larry Smallwood brings unique skills and boundless energy to his work and is a dynamic and creative team-centered leader,” Olivier Meslay, the director of the Clark, said in a statement. “He joins our staff at a moment of great opportunity and will play a critical role in helping us to achieve many of the exciting projects we are planning for the future.”

Smallwood worked at MASS MoCA from 1998 to 2006 and then returned to the organization in 2013. He first joined the museum’s staff a year prior to its opening at which time he helped create the framework and infrastructure for its performance venues and to provided production and technical support for its performing arts programming. His responsibilities expanded in 2003 when he joined the production and technical team for MASS MoCA’s visual arts program.

“To say that Larry has been pivotal in the birth and development of MASS MoCA would be to understate the depth and breadth of his contribution, which spanned nearly fourteen years of combined service, and which reached into nearly every aspect of museum operations,” said MASS MoCA founding director Joseph Thompson.

From 2006 to 2013, Smallwood lived and worked in Chicago, where he served as a producer and designer for a number of art and cultural venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

Commenting on his new role, he said: “I’ve watched with interest as Olivier Meslay laid the groundwork for the Clark’s next chapter and know that the years ahead will be filled with transformative new programs and ambitious challenges. I relish the opportunity to be a part of the team that will accomplish these goals and deeply appreciate the chance to expand and deepen my skills and career, in an utterly new environment, but also while staying rooted here in the Berkshires.”

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