The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open six days per week from 10am to 5pm (except on Mondays) and on Thursdays until 7pm. For the safety of our staff and other visitors, everyone entering must be be fully vaccinated and remain masked at all times. For more information about access to the Vassar campus please consult VassarTogether.

Upcoming Exhibition

In the Spotlight: Myths of the Hudson River School

When: January 15–March 6, 2022

About the Show

This focused exhibition presents recently acquired photography and prints that challenge enduring myths about the Hudson River School: Popular narratives portray Hudson River School painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880) as intrepid, solitary geniuses who depicted the Hudson River Valley landscape as pristine and uninhabited. Nineteenth-century portrait photographs of Gifford’s sisters, mother, and father illuminate how Gifford’s reputation as a painter was supported through domestic and family life. Two prints by local contemporary artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak directly challenge the Hudson River School myth of untouched landscape by inserting Black figures borrowed from the contemporaneous abolition movement into nineteenth-century illustrations depicting the Hudson River Valley. Describing these settings as “sites of survival,” Sovak shows how the idealized depiction of this area as untouched landscape negated the forced labor and displacement of Black and Indigenous peoples.

Public Hours

Tuesday 11am–5pm
Wednesday 11am–5pm
Thursday 11am–5pm
Friday 11am–5pm
Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 11am–5pm


For the safety of our staff and other visitors, all visitors must be fully vaccinated and are required to wear masks in the galleries.


Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Please enter via the Pavilion immediately inside the Archway entrance to the campus.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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