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Art Center to Take Hiatus for Essential Roof Repairs

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (FLLAC) will close to the public for essential roof repairs beginning in May, reopening in time for the start of the spring semester in January 2011. Due to the repairs, the permanent collection in the main galleries of the Art Center will be temporarily removed; two upcoming exhibitions, “Color Outside the Lines: Abstract Expressionist Works on Paper” and ”Marco Maggi: Lentissimo,” both of which had been scheduled for the spring and summer of 2010, will be rescheduled. During this period, Vassar faculty and students will be provided some access to works in the Art Center’s permanent collection and prints and drawings galleries for course-related purposes.

“We certainly regret this disruption in the Art Center’s service to Vassar and the public,” says James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the FLLAC. But, he says, once the repairs are completed, there will be a grand reopening to unveil the first total reconfiguration and reinstallation of the permanent collection since the Art Center opened in 1993. “One of the unexpected benefits of this closure period will be the opportunity to look with fresh eyes at our exhibition space,” he says.

In the meantime, the Art Center staff is working on ideas to keep an active presence on campus and in the broader community through a range of outreach efforts. “FLLAC in Exile” programming, to be scheduled at other campus locations and elsewhere in the region, will provide variations on the museum’s popular weekly “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb” event. The Art Center will also continue to offer such community-oriented programs as Every Artwork Tells a Story, which brings the museum experience to area K-12 classrooms.

March 2010

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