This subject has come up a few times recently (see comments by Laura ’92 and Jonathan Landsman ’05) so I thought I’d point out the College’s press release on the subject, and the upcoming ceremony:

The Paresky Center mailroom will be formally named the Jessica H. Park Mailroom, on Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m. at a dedication open to the public.

“The college is thrilled to honor Jessy Park for her many years of dedicated service to Williams students and for her wonderful accomplishments as an artist,” Williams President Morton Owen Schapiro said.

Park has worked in the college’s mailroom since 1980. At the same time her paintings, known for their “heightened color sensitivity,” have drawn national recognition.

Despite having no formal training since graduating from Mt. Greylock Regional H.S., Park has been honored with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2003 and a National Artistic Achievement Award from the Shield Institute in New York City. Her work has been shown in New York City and elsewhere and been written about in such publications as ARTNEWS.

She also is the subject of “The Siege,” written in 1963 by her mother Clara Claiborne Park, about the challenges of raising an autistic child. The development of Jessy’s painting skills as a means of communicating with the world was then detailed in the subsequent book “Exiting Nirvana.”

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