In the Spotlight

This space is dedicated to special projects that show how the Loeb Art Center is expanding beyond its traditional practices of research, display, and interpretation. The Spotlight illuminates the ways in which the Art Center's collection, spaces, and resources can be a catalyst for scholarly, creative, and social justice work by Vassar students and others. These undertakings reflect a commitment to broaden, and amplify, the voices represented in the museum setting, and to ensure that the Loeb’s programs and practices have a positive impact on the communities we serve. 

Support for In the Spotlight is provided by Mary Ellen Weisl Rudolph ’61, P’98 and James N. Rudolph P’98.


Collecting Women’s Portrait Photography

Currently on display, these photographs help illustrate some of the Art Center’s work to diversify the representation of artists and subject matter in the collection, and to make the process of prioritizing new works for acquisition more transparent. By exhibiting these works together, the Art Center hopes to illuminate the process by which curators choose works of art to enter the museum’s collection.

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Art Activity Cards

This installation highlighted the work done by the Loeb’s education office which compiled materials for more than 800 local students in response to the Covid-19 pandemic’s disruption of K-12 art education in conjunction with the development by Summer ‘20 intern Polly Ellman (Williams College ’22) of six art lessons to accompany the supplies.

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