The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture (formerly known as the Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the
Clark Center) in Hanford, California housed a broad range of Japanese art, in diverse media and from multiple periods. The
collection includes Japanese screen and scroll paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, textiles, metalwork and woven bamboo
art, with works dating from the tenth century to the present day. Areas of particular emphasis within the representative
collection include Buddhist sculpture and painting, screens and scrolls of the Edo Period (1615-1868), literati-style (Nanga)
painting and calligraphy, modern kimono and woodblock prints, bamboo flower baskets and sculpture, and the ceramics of the
contemporary Sueharu Fukami.
The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture was founded in 1995 by Willard G. Clark and his wife, Elizabeth. Long attracted
to the art and culture of Japan, the Clarks began acquiring Japanese art seriously from the 1970s, and their collection, though
supplemented with later gifts, still comprises the core of the holdings. The Clarks named the Institute in honor of their
longtime friend and acquisitions advisor, Dr. Sherman Lee, former Curator of Asian Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Initially
establishing the Institute as a scholarly project, the Clarks decided to open the museum to the general public in 1998, and
held quarterly exhibitions. In 2013, the Clark Center collection was transferred to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
approximately 1200 items
approximately 1000 online items (696 digital objects)
Property rights now reside with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Regents of the University of California have the rights
to a non-transferable, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to the digital files.
Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission
of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information, please contact the Minneapolis Institute
Collection is open for research.