The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open to the public on weekends only as of August 8. Read more details about visiting. Please visit VassarTogether for the College’s Fall 2020 plans and policies.

Past Exhibition

Nature in America: Taming the Landscape

When: June 29 - August 26, 2012

About the Show

From the late eighteenth century to the middle decades of the twentieth, artists in America looked out at nature and transformed what they saw, sometimes romanticizing it, or making it appear more intimate, and in the first half of the twentieth century, breaking it up into constituent parts. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Art Center, explores these phenomena in forty-four works on view. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints—many rarely or never shown—comprise this landscape survey of American art ranging from early views of the Hudson River to mid-twentieth-century representation, before abstract expressionism changed the artistic dynamic.

The exhibition explores these shifts, looking at the nineteenth-century engagement with the sublime by the Hudson River School, the intimate approach to landscape after the Civil War, and the fragmented manner taken by American modernists in the first half of the twentieth century. Nature in America includes works by painters Thomas Cole, Aaron Draper Shattuck, George Inness, Arthur Dove, and John Marin, and photographers Frank Jay Haynes, Edward Steichen, and Ansel Adams, among many others.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund.

Public Hours

Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 1pm–5pm


Wed 10am–5pm
Thu 10am–8pm
Fri 10am–5pm


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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