Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College announces availability of new, searchable eMuseum

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is pleased to announce a new online searchable database of all 19,000+ objects in the collection, making the museum’s holdings available for viewing at any time.

The database, which can be found at, allows users to explore the entire collection through searches by keyword, artist’s name, accession number, or a variety of other search criteria. With eMuseum, users can search for works that are in storage as well as works currently on view in the galleries. Along with essential details about each object such as title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and artist’s life dates, users can find information about how each object entered the collection, its exhibition history, and its publication history.

"One of the key services we can provide our audience is the ability to view our collection virtually and to acquaint the virtual visitor with the works contained in the museum,” says James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Art Center. “Finally, after a long hiatus we are able to satisfy this expectation with state of the art resources that will allow the visitor to search our 19,000+ works in a variety of ways."

Digital images are included for at least 60% of the objects, with more images being added on an ongoing basis. One of the most enticing features of eMuseum is “My Collections,” which allows users to select and save works of art from the Art Center collection into thematically organized folders or “packets.” Users can create as many different collections as they like and update them at any time.

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. 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. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 19,000 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.

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  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.  For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit

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


Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 6, 2015