Arts & Collections

A unique strength

Yale’s unique strength in the arts is well known around the globe. No other private university has a full suite of professional schools in art, architecture, music, and drama of comparable distinction. From Maya Lin to Chuck Close, from Norman Foster to Willie Ruff, from Meryl Streep to David Henry Hwang, Yale’s contribution to the arts is unsurpassed. And in the Yale University Art Gallery and the Center for British Art, we hold art collections of extraordinary quality and breadth.

A monumental renewal

To maintain the excellence of our professional schools and the related departments in Yale College and the Graduate School, we need to ensure that the quality of our facilities is commensurate with the quality of our teaching programs. In recent years, with donor support, we have renovated Rudolph Hall, the home for the School of Architecture, and built the adjacent Loria Center for the History of Art and the Haas Family Arts Library. We have created the Gilmore Music Library and renovated Sprague Hall and Leigh Hall to serve the School of Music and Stoeckel Hall for the Department of Music. An abandoned facility on Chapel Street became Green Hall, the home of the School of Art, and that school’s sculpture program now has a new building and gallery. In 2012, we completed the renovation and expansion of the Yale University Art Gallery to house its growing collections and to serve the pedagogical needs of the School of Art, Yale College, and the Graduate School.

But much remains to be done. We are seeking support for the renovation of Hendrie Hall (for both graduate and undergraduate students in Music) and for a new home for the School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Lightening the burden of student debt

We are also seeking to raise additional endowed scholarship funds to encourage talented students to take on the risk of careers in the arts without incurring excessive debt.