The Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art Newsletter began with its first issue in January 1976 and was edited by Frank Robinson (Director), Michael Rinehart (Assistant Director) and Dorothy Reinke (Secretary). The next newsletter was issued in the Fall 1976 as Vol. 1, No. 1 and numbering continued to Spring 1994, No. 18. Missing or not issued are Numbers 15 and 17. The Newsletter was not issued for the years 1995 to 2000. The Newsletter resumed publication beginning in 2000. It is produced annually and provides faculty updates, current graduate student research, and alumni news.
Williams College, in cooperation with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, offers a two-year course of study leading to the degree of master of arts in the history of art. The Graduate Program in the History of Art provides a thorough professional preparation for academic and museum careers and equips graduates of the program to pursue further study and research.
Housed at the Clark, the graduate program is exceptional in drawing upon the rich art history resources—the professional staffs, libraries, and art collections—of two institutions. Each semester, a distinguished outside scholar serves as Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, offering a graduate seminar and an undergraduate lecture course. Through the work/study program every student has access to opportunities for work in a curatorial department, as a teaching or research assistant, or in the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. The curriculum includes a three-week group study tour of Europe during the first year. Selected students participate in Clark Fellows seminar lunches. All students receive intensive training in writing and oral presentation skills, culminating in a symposium at the end of the second year.