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The James W. Palmer III Gallery is situated at the heart of the College Center between the North and South Atriums. The gallery serves as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, displaying the art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. 

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours:
9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Noon–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday (Hours subject to change, please call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370 during business hours.)

Marieken Cochius—Score #1
Marieken Cochius—Score #1


Impulse & Stillness
Marieken Cochius’s work evokes the mystery and power of nature through intensely materialist and tactile forms and imagery. Her work explores the porous boundary between what is seen and felt, where perception and experience merge.

July 21–September 16
Opening reception, Thursday, July 21, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


The Palmer Gallery welcomes proposals from artists and arts organizations. However, please be advised that the exhibition schedule is typically booked a full year in advance. Proposals supporting the academic mission of the college from the faculty and members of the Vassar community are given priority consideration. Before submitting a proposal, please contact the Campus Activities Office at, or (845) 437-5370.