Vassar College has been collecting works of art for over one hundred and fifty years, formerly as the Vassar College Art Gallery and since 1993 as the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The founding collection numbered over 3,000 paintings (mostly American) and works on paper (mostly European). It has since grown to over 19,000 works of art spanning all chronological periods and many cultures.
Our present goal is to make as many of the works in the collection and their records accessible via this website, and as the project evolves and more works are added to the database and more research is documented, this resource will grow as well. The key strengths of the collection fall into the areas of Antiquities, European paintings and works on paper before 1900, Hudson River School paintings and works on paper, International Modernism, and photography. The Asian, North American native cultures, Outsider and Contemporary collections are less comprehensive but continue to grow.
The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center are intended to support all aspects of the curriculum and to enhance the cultural life in the Hudson Valley region of New York. While only a small percentage of the entire collection is visible in the galleries at one time, many fine works rotate through the galleries as part of temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent collection installation. The Art Center has an active loan program and works from Vassar can often be seen as part of major nationally and internationally touring exhibitions.