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

Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art

When: July 11 - August 31, 2014

About the Show

From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the prolific Reverend Howard Finster and the raw power in Thornton Dial’s turbulent compositions, the work of self-taught artists has achieved unique status in the art world for its compelling expression of emotion and unselfconscious style. The strength of the artwork lies not in its adherence to reality but in its refreshing deviations from it. Included in this exhibition are paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists who operate without academic training and outside traditional artistic discourse, often using unconventional materials to create works that vary remarkably in style.

When taking the human form as a subject, self-taught artists often express intensely personal visions that open a window onto their imagination. The face—the apex of the human figure—takes on a strange other-worldliness that evokes children’s art, mythology, or pure fantasy. The exhibition features works by Steven Ashby, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Dwight Macintosh, Donald Mitchell, and Inez Nathaniel Walker, among many others.

 The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center 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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