Clark Art Institute’s Director to Retire

Michael Conforti, the Felda and Dena Hardymon director of the Clark Art Institute, plans to retire after two decades in the job. With his oversight, the institute established a tour of its French paintings collection, which drew more than 2.4 million visitors in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Clark also initiated exhibitions and cultural exchange programs in partnership with Chinese museums during his tenure. Meanwhile, the institute’s endowment grew from $128 million to $357 million.

Conforti served as president of the Association of Art museum directors from 2008 to 2010. Currently he sits on the trustee executive committees of the American Academy in Rome and the Amon Carter Museum in Texas.

The Clark Art Institute also made headlines recently for receiving a gift of $15 million, one of the largest in the venue's history.