May 27, 2011—This year's Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Project reached an unexpected ending. At the culminating 90-minute meeting, two teams of volunteer student Docents, "coached" in the annual project by museum director Elizabeth Barker, argued for the respective merits of two possible acquisitions: a recent print combining references to war in the Middle East and traditional Persian miniature painting by Ambreen Butt, and a slightly earlier set of etchings depicting classical statues by Gillian Pederson-Krag. The former won the secret ballot, but an unexpected and generous donation from H. Nichols B. Clark, the widower of the project's namesake, allowed the museum to acquire the latter as well.
The Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund honors the Mead's former Curator of American Art by allowing Student participants in the Mead's volunteer Docents program to research, select, and acquire for the permanent collection a contemporary American print with ties to this region. The Mead gratefully accepts donations in any amount to support this meaningful project.