Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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Summer series of gallery talks to be held at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Beat the heat and enjoy great art this summer. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College will be holding a series of gallery talks in June, July and August. Two talks deal with works from the Art Center’s permanent collection while one focuses on a special summer exhibition, Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art. All three events are free and open to the public.

Gallery talks are informal guided discussions through the museum. These events allow the Art Center’s curators to explore selected works in greater detail with their audience. Museum admission is free and attendees are welcome to stay after the talk to fully explore the museum.

Friday, June 27, 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Collection
Elizabeth Nogrady, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, leads a discussion of some of the Art Center’s Northern Renaissance paintings by Dutch and Flemish artists working in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Friday, July 25, 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art

Mary-Kay Lombino, curator of contemporary art and photography at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, will lead an informal discussion of the summer exhibition, Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art, sharing her unique curatorial perspective on the show as a whole and exploring selected works in detail. The show features imaginative, colorful works from more than thirty artists, and includes a variety of mediums such as hooked rugs, carved and painted wood, and works on paper.

Friday, August  29, 12:00 pm
Gallery Talk: Vassar's Hudson River School Paintings 
Patricia Phagan, curator of prints and drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, takes visitors into the world of American landscapes by artists from the 19th-century Hudson River School of painters. Many of the works on view were donated to the college by its founder, Matthew Vassar, in the 1860s.

About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares.  Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm.  Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion.  For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, June 5, 2014


Mon Closed
Tue 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-5pm
Thu 10am-9pm
Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 22 through Jan. 15.

Print Room - Students & Public

Wed 3pm-5pm
Fri 2pm-4pm

Otherwise by appointment.

Late Nights

The Art Center stays open late Thursdays 5-9pm. Enjoy extended gallery hours in an enlivened atmosphere with creative happenings every week.


Admission is free and open to the public. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Group visits are welcome. To schedule a reservation, please contact:

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(845) 437-7745


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124 Raymond Ave Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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