Longtime patrons of the arts Robert Lipp (’60, P ’90, ’92) and his wife Martha Berman Lipp (pictured separately above) are the latest major donors to the Clark Art Institute. With a $2.5 million gift, the pair endowed the position of senior curator currently held by Richard Rand. (Readers of my occasional art posts will remember him as the author of the “Celebrity Look-Alikes” feature that I mentioned in a post last month about the Eye to Eye European portraits exhibit).

The Clark announced the Lipps’ donation in conjunction with another contribution by Sylvia and Leonard Marx, which endows the position of Director of Collections and Exhibitions, currently held by Kathleen Morris. Although Mr. and Mrs. Marx are not Williams alumni, they’re also part of the Eph family: their daughter Nancy Marx Better is married to Jamie Better ’83.

The Clark’s news release expresses the importance of these donations:

With these gifts the Clark realizes the goal of endowing all three of its senior curatorial positions.

“The role of a curator is of supreme importance to any museum,” said Michael Conforti, the Clark’s Director. “As stewards of the collection, curators safeguard the museum’s treasures, oversee acquisitions, coordinate exhibitions and new scholarship, and interpret the collection for ever-changing audiences. These generous gifts are a tremendous acknowledgement of the outstanding work of the Clark’s curators and the international significance of our curatorial program.”.

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