Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture collection
Collection number: Consult repository.
Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
Seo, Audrey Yoshiko
approximately 1200 items
approximately 800 online items
University of California, Merced.
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, California 95343
Abstract: 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.
Collection is open for research.
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
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Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture 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 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.
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 Center housed 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)