In June 2015, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, CA, closed its doors after twenty years of offering exceptional exhibitions and programs for visitors from the local community in California’s Central Valley as well as Japanese art specialists from across the country and around the world.

From its inception, the Clark Center also hosted an unparalleled curatorial internship program, which graduated a total of 19 interns with valuable hands-on experience handling and caring for artworks, planning exhibitions, and working with the public. Bill and Libby Clark, founders of the Center, not only created this rare opportunity for young scholars in the field; they also opened their home to us and welcomed us as part of their family.

In commemoration of the closing of the Clark Center and in recognition of and heartfelt gratitude for the experience the Clarks and the Center provided to us and to many more young and emerging scholars in the field, the former interns of the Clark Center are pleased to announce the establishment of the Clark Center Graduate Travel Grant, an annual grant of $500 for a graduate student of Japanese art wishing to visit a public or private collection of Japanese art for the purpose of in-person, hands-on research.

A call for submissions will be distributed over the JAHF listserv, usually in October with a submission deadline of December 31. The current application form can be downloaded here. Inquiries for further information may be directed to jahf.clarkgrant (at)


Seed money for this fund has been donated by the past interns of the Clark Center, and additional contributions to the fund are welcome on an on-going basis. Donations to the Clark Center Graduate Travel Grant program can be made by clicking the donate button below.