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 past 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, Stoeckel Hall, Leigh Hall, and Hendrie Hall as part of the new Adams Center for Musical Arts. 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.

Much remains to be done, however. We are seeking support for the renovation of new classroom and media spaces for the School of Art’s Edgewood Avenue facility and a new home for the School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. We also seek funds for specialized facilities on West Campus dedicated to the preservation and conservation of art and artifacts held in Yale’s libraries and museums.

Reducing student debt

We also seek to raise additional endowed scholarship funds so that after they graduate, talented students can pursue careers in the arts without the constraint of excessive debt.