Yale University Art Gallery

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Yale University Art Gallery
Established1832 (1832)
Location1111 Chapel St., New Haven, Connecticut
Coordinates41°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
TypeArt museum
DirectorStephanie Wiles (2018)

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 the university's Old Campus, was razed in 1901.[3]

A Tuscan romanesque building, designed by Egerton Swartwout, was built in 1928.

The gallery's main building was built in 1953, and was among the first designed by Louis Kahn, who taught architecture at Yale.[4] In December 2006, a renovation of this building that returned many spaces to Kahn's original vision was completed by Polshek Partnership Architects.

The renovation of the Kahn building was part of a larger renovation and expansion project that began in 1998. It was completed on December 12, 2012, 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.

Trumbull Gallery built in 1832[edit]

On the second floor was a very valuable collection of paintings by John Trumbull, mainly of historical events. Among them were his well-known paintings of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Death of Montgomery before Quebec, Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, Declaration of Independence, etc. Trumbull gave the paintings to Yale in consideration of an annuity of $1,000 and subject to the condition that he and his wife should be forever buried beneath the pictures.[7]



The Gallery's encyclopedic collections number more than 200,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. The permanent collection includes:[8]

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 offers 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.[9]


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. ^ The ancestry, life and work of Addison E. Verrill of Yale University. p. 60.
  8. ^ a b Yale Art Gallery
  9. ^ Tom, Sullivan. "Student gallery guides help illuminate Yale's art collections". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 10, 2015.

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