The Harrison Gallery in on Spring Street has an interesting Eph background.

Founded by Jo Ellen Silipo, director, and her advising partner, Laurie J. Thomsen.

Jo Ellen (Harrison) Silipo, Williams ’79, an Art History and Studio Art major, and a Harvard graduate student in Art History, is returning to Williamstown after a 20 year career as a sales & marketing executive in high tech. Until now, Jo had been active in the arts only as a collector, and nurtured only a dream of a return to the world of art. Commemorating her father, David Harrison, Williams ’53, The Harrison Gallery at 39 Spring Street is the beginning of an inspired second career.

Laurie Jones Thomsen, Williams ’79, a founding General Partner of Boston-based PrismVenture Corporation, was an Art History and Economics major and worked at Soethby’s, New York. In addition to her collecting, Laurie’s desire to return to the arts was realized in a formal capacity when she accepted a position as Overseer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.

Thomsen is also a Williams Trustee. How is the gallery doing?

By the way, if you dream of running your own gallery someday, the place to start is with a successful career in venture capital . . . or a close friend with one.

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