The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open on a revised schedule. Read more about hours and visiting and see VassarTogether for the College’s Spring 2021 plans and policies.

Ludger tom Ring, the Younger (attributed to), The Open Missal, mid-sixteenth century


Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art from the Permanent Collection

8 pages with 8 illustrations

About the publication
The exhibition includes a selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed-media works from a gift of more than one-hundred works given to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center by the Vermont-based collector Pat Parsons (Vassar College, class of 1951). Included are works in various media by thirty-nine self-taught artists, each communicating in a highly personal manner that often emphasizes immediacy and direct expression over traditions of craftsmanship or notions of quality and other modernist criteria. Often utilizing fragile and fugitive materials such as weathered scraps of wood and metal and other social detritus unintentionally questions the concept of art as an everlasting object to be preserved and highlights the vital, spontaneous moment of inspiration and creation. These artists have a powerful desire to tell their stories and a tendency toward decoration and embellishment of their surfaces. They often demonstrate an all-consuming devotion to art-making, resulting in artwork that is highly individualized and idiosyncratic. Intuitively, they master elements of color, form, composition, and texture to create art that is inventive, fresh, and enduring. Religion appears as a powerful theme among this group of works, while fantastic scenes, expressive figures, and imaginative narratives also appear frequently. This illustrated brochure features a critical essay by curator Mary-Kay Lombino and a complete checklist of the 53 works in the exhibition.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Vassar College
Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-00703

(845) 437-5237

Public Hours

Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm
The Loeb will be closed the weekend of Dec 26–27 and will re-open on weekends starting Jan. 2.


Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.


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


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


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124 Raymond Ave
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