The Clark Art Institute announced today that it has received $2 million in support of its growing works-on-paper collection from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. The institute will name a new gallery in its renovated Manton Research Center in honor of the collector.
“This very generous gift expands our ability to present exhibitions of works on paper—gleaned from both the Clark’s amazing collection and from other institutions and private collectors—that are of the highest quality,” director Olivier Meslay said. “It also allows us to imagine extraordinary programming opportunities for the future.”
Eugene V. Thaw said that the opening of the new study center and its 1,350-square-foot gallery is what prompted him to donate. “The Clark has a small but very fine collection of works on paper, particularly its extraordinary holdings of prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer.” Thaw added, “My personal collection of works on paper is going to the Morgan Library in New York, and I wanted to do something different for the Clark to support the renovation and expansion of the Manton Research Center.”
A longtime supporter of the arts and a collector of Old Master drawings, Thaw founded the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust thirty-five years ago to support visual and performing arts, preserve the environment, and aid in the welfare of animals and wildlife.
The first exhibition to be hosted by the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery is “Photography and Discovery,” a comprehensive survey of the Clark’s collection of historic photographs, including works by Francis Frith, Gertrude Käsebier, Gustave Le Gray, and William Henry Fox Talbot.