Thanks to a recent endowment given to the Art Center by Anne Hoene Hoy, class of 1963, this exhibition area is dedicated to the photographic arts. The Art Center owns over 4,000 works of photography, film, and video ranging from nineteenth-century works by pioneering practitioners, to masterworks of fine art photography by twentieth-century photography icons, to contemporary photographs made in this century. Strengths in the collection include portraiture and street photography. The Art Center continues to diversify its holdings, with recent additions by international artists and artists of color, as well as of vernacular photography, daguerreotypes, tintypes, and historical documentary images.
Among the objects on view were ten works recently acquired with funds given by Vassar’s Advisory Council for Photography. The Council, a small group of donors including Ms. Hoy, funds an annual purchase of photographic artworks. In addition to the Photo Council purchases, presented for the first time was one of two large abstract compositions by Ellen Carey given to the Art Center that year by the artist.
This inaugural exhibition was held in the Hoene Hoy Photography Gallery, Fall 2016.