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The kid likes what he sees.

 

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture was founded by Willard (Bill) Clark and his wife in 1995. Bill grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and attended the University of California in animal husbandry. In the 6th grade he saw a photo of a Japanese garden which inaugurated a life-long interest. With his wife, he visited Japan many times, bought some art eventually traveled with Sherman Lee, the director of the Cleveland Museum of Art and one of the US's great experts on Asian art. The rest, as they say, is history. Bill Clark remains dedicated to the rural farming community of Hanford, Ca (pop 52,000), where his collection is housed, and plans to keep it there.

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Taken on August 1, 2009