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September 10, 2007
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Bradford Clark

Bradford Clark in front of the "Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog" exhibit he designed for the Puppetry Arts Center in Atlanta.

Clark to curate Henson's handiwork at puppetry center

The daily companions of Bradford Clark, theatre and film, might include four-foot Italian marionettes, rare Egyptian shadow puppets and 200-year-old, carved puppet heads from Japan. Now, Kermit the Frog and the Swedish Chef—the handiwork of Muppets creator Jim Henson—will also keep him company.

In addition to teaching at BGSU, Clark is the curator of collections at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. The center, which is the premier institution of its sort in the United States, has recently been chosen by the Jim Henson Foundation to receive hundreds of puppets and other items produced by Henson and his studio, in addition to props, sketches, pieces of scenery, reproductions of sketches and drawings by Henson and other items from the Henson family’s collection. The gift is contingent upon the success of a capital campaign to expand the museum and build a Jim Henson Wing.

As curator of the proposed new wing, Clark also designed “Jim Henson: A Man and His Frog,” unveiled at the press conference announcing the gift.
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