Yale University Art Gallery

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Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery exterior.jpg
Established 1832 (1832)
Location 1111 Chapel St., New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°18′30″N 72°55′52″W / 41.308459°N 72.930985°W / 41.308459; -72.930985Coordinates: 41°18′30″N 72°55′52″W / 41.308459°N 72.930985°W / 41.308459; -72.930985
Type Art Museum
Director Jock Reynolds (2016)
Website artgallery.yale.edu
Sculpture from the Ancient Art Collection at Yale.

The Yale University Art Gallery houses a significant and encyclopedic collection of art in several buildings on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Although it embraces all cultures and periods, the gallery emphasizes early Italian painting, African sculpture, and modern art.


The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest university art museum in the western hemisphere.[1] The gallery was founded in 1832, when patriot-artist, John Trumbull, donated more than 100 paintings of the American Revolution to Yale College and designed the original Picture Gallery.[2] This building, on Old Campus, was razed in 1901.[3]

The gallery's main building[4] was built in 1953, and was among the first designed by Louis Kahn, who taught architecture at Yale. A complete renovation, which returned many spaces to Kahn's original vision, was completed in December 2006, by Polshek Partnership Architects. The older Tuscan romanesque portion was built in 1928, and was designed by Egerton Swartwout. The Gallery reopened on December 12, 2012, after a 14-year renovation and expansion project at a cost of $135 million.[5][6] The expanded space totals 69,975 sq ft (6,500.9 m2).

The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.


Yale Art Gallery
Detail of the Ancient Art Collection at Yale. 1111 Chapel Street. New Haven, CT.
The Greek Slave by Hiram Powers at the Yale Art Gallery.
Overview of the ancient art floor.


The Gallery’s encyclopedic collections number more than 185,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. The permanent collection includes:[7]

In 2005, the museum announced that it had acquired 1,465 gelatin silver prints by the influential American landscape photographer, Robert Adams. In 2009, the museum mounted an exhibition of its extensive collection of Picasso paintings and drawings, in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.[2] For the first time, portions of the Yale University Library's, Gertrude Stein writing archives were displayed next to relevant drawings from Picasso.[2]


As an affiliate of Yale University, the gallery maintains a robust roster of education programs for university students, New Haven schools, and the general public. One such program is the Gallery Guide program, founded in 1998, which trains undergraduate students to lead tours at the museum.[8]


The Yale Art Gallery charges no admission.[6]


  1. ^ "Yale University Art Gallery – 1953". www.building.yale.edu. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Special Exhibit Examines Dynamic Relationship Between the Art of Pablo Picasso and Writing" (PDF). webgallery.yale.edu. Yale University Art Gallery press release. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ Yale Art Gallery, Yale Buildings and Grounds[dead link]
  4. ^ "Building: Kahn". artgallery.yale.edu. Archived from the original on January 15, 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Antiques Magazine, November–December 2012, 108-109.
  6. ^ a b Charles McGrath (December 6, 2012), A King of Art With the Midas Touch New York Times.
  7. ^ a b Yale Art Gallery
  8. ^ Tom, Sullivan. "Student gallery guides help illuminate Yale's art collections". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 

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