Robert Selden Duncanson was the first African American artist to gain national and international fame. James Van Der Zee became one of the most important photographers in the first half of the twentieth century documenting the lives of African Americans in the Berkshires and New York City. Sam Gilliam was the first artist to take paintings off the stretcher. And Maren Hassinger was among the women artists combining sculpture and movement and experimenting with non-traditional materials during the 1970s feminist movement. The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is adding works to its collection by each of these important contributors to American art. These acquisitions are made possible by a major monetary gift from Clarence Otis, Williams class of 1977, and his wife Jacqui Bradley (Parent of class of 2015). The Otis Family Acquisition Trust is earmarked exclusively for acquiring works of art by African American artists.