The UC Merced Library received a National Leadership Grant for Museum and Library Collaboration in 2002 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture (formerly known as the Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art) in Hanford, CA. 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. In 2013, the Clark Center collection was transferred to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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