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Ribbon cutting by Dutchess Chamber of Commerce marks official re-opening of Art Center's re-designed Sculpture Garden, May 10, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--Thursday, May 10, at 6:00pm representatives from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will officially open the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s newly redesigned Hildegarde Krause Baker, class of 1911, Sculpture Garden in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00pm. A reception will immediately follow. Both events are free and open to the public and are presented as part of “Late Night at the Lehman Loeb,” made possible thanks to a grant from the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust.

“The reinstallation of the Hildegarde Krause Baker, class of 1911, Sculpture Garden offers visitors a quiet environment to appreciate nature and artists' achievements in bronze and stone,” remarked Art Center director James Mundy. “It includes a number of recent acquisitions and the return of old favorites, including Harriet Frishmuth’s fountain Call of the Sea. I suspect it will become one of the more popular spots on campus to read, sip a beverage, and escape the stresses of the week.” 

The Hildegarde Krause Baker, class of 1911, Sculpture Garden opened in 1993 as an integral part of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. With its stellar collection of 20th-century sculpture including works by Frank Stella, Gaston Lachaise, and Anthony Caro, among others, the Sculpture Garden has offered visitors to the museum a three-dimensional counterpoint to the many contemporaneous two-dimensional works inside the galleries.

The Hildegarde Krause Baker, class of 1911, Sculpture Garden was a memorial gift by Eric and Jane Baker Nord, class of 1942. The current renovation was made possible through a gift by the late Ralph Connor, Vassar Trustee from 1963 through 1971.

About the re-design of the Sculpture Garden

In 2011, the Art Center hired the celebrated landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA), to re-design and re-install the Sculpture Garden. MVVA is a critically celebrated, Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm known for creating environmentally sustainable and experientially rich spaces. Over the past year, the garden has been transformed by new pathways, plantings, and seating areas. Joining old favorites are several sculptures that are on view for the first time since entering the collection, including bronzes by Pietro Consagra, Dimitri Hadzi, and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth. With the completion of the reinstallation this spring, the Sculpture Garden beckons as a delightful and intimate retreat in which to appreciate the diversity of the Art Center’s collection.

About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th- century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie (NY), are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, May 7, 2012