The Walter L. Clark Press Assistant Program administered by The Woodstock School of Art is designed to offer area high school and college students the opportunity to receive valuable training as press assistants while broadening their own printmaking experience.
At the completion of this 30 hour scholarship program the press assistants will be able to work and receive a stipend in the Woodstock School of Art Printmaking and Works on Paper Studios as well as other area printmaking studios assisting both students and professional artists. Funding for this scholarship program is generously provided by The Walter L. Clark Fund.
Workshop topics will cover all aspects of running a print studio including maintaining and conditioning presses and studio equipment, producing print editions, and working with artists as clients as well as a study of the history of printmaking in Woodstock.
The Walter L. Clark Press Assistant Program sprung from the inaugural Monoprint Invitational celebrating the opening of the newly renovated Printmaking and Works on Paper studios at The Woodstock School of Art. Students from local high schools and SUNY students received scholarships provided for by The Walter L. Clark Fund to be trained as lab assistants by the Master Printers to help during printing sessions and had the opportunity to create their own prints during the event.
Walter Leighton Clark, together with John Singer Sargent, established the Grand Central Art Galleries, a nonprofit Painters and Sculptors Gallery Association in 1922. Their goal was to “give a broader field to American art; to exhibit in a larger way to a more numerous audience, not in New York alone but throughout the country, thus displaying to the world the inherent value which our art undoubtedly possesses.”
Since 2010, the Thompson Family Foundation of New York has provided scholarships for students of area high schools and colleges to take studio classes at The Woodstock School of Art. At little or no cost to themselves or their families, students who are enrolled in art classes in their regular educational institutions may be recommended by an instructor to take a studio class at the WSA. In many cases, depending on the school where the student is enrolled, classes taken and completed at the WSA may earn their school’s academic credit. There are special classes held for Thompson scholarship recipients on a regular basis at the school, providing the opportunity for the students to enjoy a classic, north light art studio atmosphere, with instruction by active, professional artists. Special sessions of classes are held several times each year, exposing the students to various disciplines such as printmaking and sculpture. Work created by Thompson scholarship students is showcased each year in the WSA’s Angeloch Gallery, rounding out each student’s artistic experience.
Wade F. B. Thompson (died 2009) revived the beloved Airstream brand of travel trailers and led a campaign to renovate the historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. Mr. Thompson was deeply dedicated to the arts, historic preservation and conservation. He was the founder and chairman of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy whose mission is to restore and revitalize the historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. He was a major supporter of Central Park Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society, and Mystic Seaport Museum. He and his business partner Peter Orthwein ran Thor Industries.