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Welcome to the portal for Yale students! Take advantage of our many opportunities for learning and working, attend a special event, or simply come to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection with a favorite work of art.
Opportunities for Yale Students
There are many opportunities for Yale undergraduates to learn about the collections and gain professional experience through internships, fellowships, the Gallery Guide program, and other research and employment positions.
Yale graduate students have many possibilities to contribute to scholarship and gain professional experience through involvement at the Gallery. We offer numerous research assistantships, curatorial internships, teaching positions, and other opportunities.
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Gallery Guide Program
The student Gallery Guide program is an opportunity for Yale undergraduates to lead thematic tours of the museum for the Yale community and the New Haven public. Admitted students meet with museum educators and curators twice each week in the fall and once each week in the spring, participating in curatorial talks and discussion sections, performing research, and giving presentations in the galleries; these activities continue through the spring semester as students research, write, and rehearse gallery tours of their creation, which they debut in April. Throughout the year, trainees also attend field trips to other museums such as DIA Beacon, MASS MoCA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The in-depth training requires a time commitment similar to that of an academic course. Following the completion of the training program, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by giving museum tours and participating in sessions throughout the semester.
This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to integrate art into their experience at Yale and to become part of the Yale University Art Gallery community. The program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Yale College. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted at the beginning of the fall semester only. Check back in August 2014 for the 2014–15 application deadline.
Gallery+ is an ongoing series of collaborations that invites students to respond to the Gallery’s collection through special programs and performances. Taking place once or twice each semester, Gallery+ provides a space for students to experiment creatively, making academic and artistic connections of their own, while also immersing themselves in the collection and museum environment. Past programs have included M.F.A. students from the Yale School of Drama creating sound and projection installations in the Gallery, undergraduate composers writing new music inspired by the collection, and comedians exploring the connections between art and humor.
Resources for Yale Students
The Gallery encourages students to research our collections by visiting our study rooms, library, archives, and collection-related digital resources.
Nolen Center Library
The Nolen Center Library is the heart of the Gallery’s Nolen Center for Art and Education. The library houses a focused collection of books, exhibition catalogues, articles, documents, and databases related to the highlights of our museum, and it is open to all visitors. These holdings will be of interest to students completing assignments at the Gallery. The library is open to all, with staff available to guide research and answer questions.
Programs at the Gallery provide stimulating ideas to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of works of art in our collections and exhibitions. Whether you prefer interactive conversations in front of a single work of art, lectures and symposia exploring art and ideas, or lively and creative performances related to our collections, you will find a program of interest at the Gallery.
The Gallery welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences.