Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art collection
Collection number: Consult repository.
Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center
Seo, Audrey Yoshiko
approximately 1200 items
approximately 1000 online items (655 digital objects)
University of California, Merced.
P.O. Box 2039
Merced, California 95344
Abstract: The Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center houses 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.
Physical location: Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center, Hanford, California 93230-9533.
Selected digitized images from this collection.
Collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art. 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 Ruth and Sherman
Lee Institute for Japanese Art.
Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art Collection. University of California, Merced Library.
Creation of digital collection funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
The Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute 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 museum's 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 have held quarterly
exhibitions since then.
Scope and Content of Collection
Among the highlights of the collection are Buddhist paintings and sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries; Edo period
(1615-1868) paintings of various schools and celebrated masters; the single greatest resource collection of Nanga material
in the world; and collections of modern and contemporary bamboo art and ceramics, the latter featuring numerous porcelain
sculptures representing the career of Fukami Sueharu (1947-).
In addition, the Institute houses one of the largest collections of works by Kamisaka Sekka outside of Japan, as well as approximately
200 woodcut prints designed by the Yoshida Family and their students.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
form (composition concepts)
Gods & goddesses
sculpture (visual work)