The Five Points Gallery hosts a conference by art collector Dorothy Vogel

TORRINGTON – The Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to have acclaimed art collector Dorothy Vogel as a guest speaker for the 2019 Five Points Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on July 27.

Vogel will speak on a panel alongside Jane Eckert of Jane Eckert Fine Arts and Judith McElhone, Founder and Executive Director of FPCVA; discussing Vogel’s life and time as a collector with her late husband Herb Vogel.

In 1962, with very little means and passionate about art, they began to collect contemporary works of art in New York. With over four decades of collecting and building relationships with the leading artists of the time, The Vogel Art Collection was born. The Vogels have dedicated their lives to the collection, having acquired over 4,000 works of art from over 170 artists.

The beauty of their history is not that of lavishness and wealth. It is a story of vision and passion for the visual arts. Shortly after their marriage in 1962, Dorothy, reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, and Herbert Vogel, a postal worker decided to live on one salary. This allowed them to buy art with the other salary, which happened to Herb’s, who never made more than $ 23,000 a year. Their tiny Manhattan apartment was packed from floor to ceiling with their treasures.

In the 1970s, the Vogels were considered one of the greatest collectors of contemporary art because they were determined to focus. Due to their lack of storage and wall space, many works were small, but pushing the boundaries. Selections from the Vogel collection began to travel for display in some of the country’s leading art institutions.

Finally, in 1992, having amassed one of the largest collections of that era, the Vogels made arrangements to donate the bulk of the collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, keeping the collection accessible and free for all. Finally, due to “the immensity of the gift, which included 2,500 drawings, paintings, objects, prints and photographs by 177 artists, led to the development of a program in which the National Gallery would distribute 50 works from the collection to an institution in each of the fifty states.

Join us to hear Dorothy talk about the history of the Vogel’s collection, as she shares her perspective on their practice as collectors and philanthropists.

Five Points will organize a VIP reception in the gallery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. tickets cost $ 50 each and are available at

There will be a screening of the 60 minute documentary on the life and collection of Dorothy and Herb, followed by a panel discussion with Dorothy Vogel, Jane Eckert and Judith McElhone from 6pm to 7pm. The conference and screening are free and open to the public, please pre-register at

About the Gallery: Located in a historic downtown building, the Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a non-profit contemporary art gallery featuring professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibits in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces and has earned a reputation as one of Connecticut’s most notable contemporary art venues. For more information about the gallery, please visit

For more information, contact Judith McElhone at 860-618-7222 or [email protected]


Norma D. Ross