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


Refining the Imagination: Tradition, Collecting, and the Vassar Education

336 pages, 140 color illustrations; softbound and hardbound
Exhibition April 23 - September 19, 1999
Hardbound: $50.00
Softbound $30.00

About the publication
"Refining the Imagination" attempts to demonstrate in an empirical fashion what many people have known intuitively-that the emphasis on honing a student's abilities to discern quality in the world of ideas or the world of art has built a network of perceptive art collectors with something in common-a Vassar education forms the foundation of their connoisseurship. The assemblage of almost one hundred and fifty works of art borrowed from private Vassar collections indicates that the impetus to collect art with such a knowledgeable foundation is a Vassar tradition that will continue into the next century.

Acknowledgments by James Mundy; Essays by Pamela Askew, Elizabeth A. Daniels, James Mundy; Catalogue Entries by Lisa Gail Collins, Francesca Consagra, Rebecca Lawton, Candace Lewis, Karen Lucic, James Mundy, Claude Piening, Ingid Schaffner, Justin Spring, Frances P. Taft, and Lubangi Muniania and Carol Thompson.

Ordering Information:

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All orders are sent book rate unless otherwise requested. On orders totaling over $10, please include $3 for postage.

Mail to:

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.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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