Vassar Faculty and Students
The Art Center is a teaching museum that is dedicated to serving the research and curricular needs of the Vassar community. The storage facilities, print room, and galleries have all been designed with ease of use for study and presentation of collection objects in mind. The entire collection of more than 19,000 objects is searchable via the online database.
The Art Center seeks to support faculty and students from, and across, multiple disciplines. Museum staff, and in particular the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs, help facilitate the discovery of meaningful connections between the works of art in the collection and diverse fields of study. In recent years, faculty and students from departments as wide-ranging as Environmental Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Political Science, and Classics have made use of the collection.
The Project Gallery is an uncurated shared space where objects requested by faculty are exhibited for the benefit of student inquiry and research. In order to ensure the smooth coordination of the gallery’s use, we ask faculty to follow the procedures outlines below.
Project Gallery Procedures for Professors:
- Because space in the project gallery is limited, a 2-month advance notice is recommended. We can sometimes work with a 1-2 week notice, but not all requests will be able to be filled within that short timeframe.
- Professors usually request 3-5 objects, but we make every effort to accommodate more if needed.
- When you have a request, please email Joann Potter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Provide as much of the following information as possible, including:
- Artist/title or accession number
- Start and end dates for the objects to be on view
- Professor’s name and contact information
- Course title
- Class assignment information
- Specific labeling requests
- Specific arrangement requests
- We will confirm with you by email or phone that space is available and help to finalize the object list. We will also check with curatorial and preparatory staff about potential condition and preparatory issues.
- Depending on the exhibition schedule, the Art Center staff typically installs artwork on Mondays.
One of the Art Center’s greatest collection strengths is its print collection, which numbers in the thousands and ranges from old master to contemporary works. Of special note is the Warburg Collection of Old Master Prints, which includes many fine examples of works by Dürer, Rembrandt, and others among its 170 prints.
The Art Center does not generally place prints and drawings on view in the permanent installation because of their fragility and light sensitivity. Instead, faculty and students can examine these works closely in the print room. The experience of seeing works on paper in the print room can be invaluable.
Curator Patricia Phagan (email@example.com) coordinates visits to the print room during print room hours or by appointment. It is always helpful to provide advance notice of particular works you would like to see so that the works can be brought out from storage in anticipation of your visit.