The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current facility was designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor Frances Lehman Loeb. Vassar was the first college or university in the country to include an art museum as part of its original plan.
The Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collections chart the history of art from history to the present and include over 22,000 works. This includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, and glass and ceramic pieces.
The design of the galleries is made for groups of faculty and students to view and be presented to.
Designed by Cesar Pelli and opened to the public in November 1993, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a distinguished addition to a campus internationally known for its fine buildings.
Called “a symphony of architecture” by the New York Times, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is made up of a new museum, home to one of the finest teaching collections in the nation, as well as the renovated collegiate-gothic building, Taylor-Van Ingen Hall, home of the art department and the art library.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and open to all. If you are planning to visit, please note that large bags must be stored in one of the Art Center’s cubbies. Backpacks must either be stored or carried on the front of the body.
Photography is permitted for personal use only, and is restricted to works of art in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s permanent collection. Hand-held cameras only may be used, but tripods are not permitted.
The mission of The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is to enhance and support the College’s goals of leadership, scholarship, and integrative learning. The Art Center achieves this through the preservation, documentation, interpretation, presentation, and development of its collections; and through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions and educational activities aimed at diverse audiences.
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