Annual Fund

To achieve our institutional mission, the Gallery relies on the generosity of our closest friends. We invite you to join our circle of supporters with a gift to the Gallery’s Annual Fund. Your financial contribution directly enhances the quality of our exhibitions and visitor experience.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

These words are invoked every day at the Yale University Art Gallery. Our great painting The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 (1786–1820), by John Trumbull, is the focus of elementary school tours, a topic of discussion in Yale College seminars, and a pilgrimage piece for the tens of thousands of tourists who visit the Gallery each year. The signing of the declaration is ingrained in the minds of all Americans—even those who have not seen the painting in person.

At the Gallery, we aspire to go beyond saying these words; rather, we strive constantly to incorporate them into our actions.

The Gallery’s collection is a celebration of life—the creativity and accomplishments of generations both past and present. Connections to the world around us are everywhere in the museum, and may be found in contemplating an ancient ceramic vessel or a contemporary painting. We also celebrate visual art as a democratic art form; art communicates to all of us through color, shape, and line, stirring imagination and emotion regardless of the language we speak or our level of education.

Like the founders of the United States, the Gallery is committed to freedom. Free admission; free exhibitions; free programs; free tours; free K–12 teaching; free online resources; and free membership means art is for everyone. And with the many options for engagement with our collection, all of our visitors can find ways to bring art into their lives.

We are able to remain free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of our donors, and we invite you to support the Gallery’s Annual Fund. Your gift is important to the Gallery and will resonate greatly with our many students and visitors, both in person and online.

When the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, there were no public art museums in this new country. The Gallery embodies the ideals put forth in the declaration and, for more than 180 years, has been making art accessible to all in their pursuit of happiness. With your help, we can continue to do so.

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