SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. Learn More

Director’s Letter

We are delighted to invite you back to the Gallery. By welcoming visitors on a limited basis, we are balancing our wish to be accessible with the knowledge that COVID-19 remains a real threat.

Your health and safety are primary concerns, and we are taking every precaution to protect you and our staff. 

Even though we have opened our doors once again, we are still committed to using digital resources to provide access for Yale students who are not on campus this semester and for those who wish to visit from throughout our global community. Our online newsletter highlights objects in the collection and programming content that is available online, such as the powerful panel discussion “The Legacy of Lynching,” one of the last events to take place at the Gallery before quarantine. The panel was part of the programming for the special exhibition Reckoning with “The Incident”: John Wilson’s Studies for a Lynching Mural, which, along with our two other special exhibitions, Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art and James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artificehas been extended through the spring.  

Although we can’t present programs in the Gallery this semester, we are developing a rich series of online events, including Veritas in Lux, our monthly mindfulness program. Check out our web calendar to register and find out about other upcoming events. Our Connect page provides links to our social media platforms, past programs on YouTube, and audio content on SoundCloud. 

The Gallery has been, and always will be, committed to the community on Yale’s campus, to our friends and neighbors in New Haven, and to all those seeking to engage with meaningful works of art from across time and cultures. My hope is that we can help our communities reflect on how their lives have been impacted by the events of 2020 and that, together, we can move forward. 

See you soon, and stay well. 

Stephanie Wiles

The Henry J. Heinz II Director

Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director