The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. Vassar was the first college or university in the country to include an art museum as part of its original plan. The current 36,000 square foot facility was designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor Frances Lehman Loeb, a member of the Class of 1928.
The Loeb’s collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 22,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, and glass and ceramic wares. Teaching students and working as an important tangible complement to the curriculum is the main focus of the collection and the highlighted exhibitions featured in the following two galleries, Focus and Hoene Hoy Photography, represent that commitment. By offering a portion of the Loeb’s exhibition history to the public, it is hoped that viewers not only enjoy the collection in new contexts, but also the diversity in the narratives provided by students, faculty, and Loeb Center staff.
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