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Education Overview

The Gallery is committed to facilitating online teaching and learning with the collection and providing digital resources. We offer virtual class visits, digital public programs, and more.

Education News

Teaching and Learning with the Collection

The Gallery is committed to facilitating to the best of our ability virtual opportunities for teaching and learning with the collection this spring.

To inquire about virtual class visits or discuss how art can help achieve your pedagogical goals, contact the Education Department at yuag.acadaff@yale.edu for university classes or yuag.education@yale.edu​ for K–12 and adult education.

For information about digital public programs, visit the web calendar, the Programs page, or email yuagprograms@yale.edu.

Images of many of our artworks are available for download through our collection search.

The Gallery draws upon a wide range of teaching staff for its educational programs. In addition to the professional educators and curators on staff, and the scholars and artists invited for special lectures and other events, Yale University undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of departments are specially trained to lead tours for children and adults. Graduate student Wurtele Gallery Teachers lead groups from elementary through high school on interactive tours that build skills and knowledge through close looking and discussion about works of art. Undergraduate Gallery Guides offer personalized, thematic Highlights tours for adult visitors throughout the academic year.

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Meet the Curators

Liliana Milkova

Liliana Milkova, the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs, leads the Gallery’s educational and teaching initiatives, overseeing public education, public programs, and academic affairs. Before joining the Gallery, Liliana was Curator of Academic Programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, she significantly expanded the museum’s outreach and developed innovative, cross-campus strategies for teaching with its collection. Liliana holds an A.B. in Art History and Old World Archaeology from Brown University and a PH.D. in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published on many topics, such as pedagogy, 20th-century art, photography, and political propaganda, and she has also held several prestigious fellowships, including a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 


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Liliana Milkova

Jessica Sack

Jessica Sack is the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education. Since 2004, she has led the development of the Gallery’s school, youth, and family programs, as well as resources for teachers and students. She directs the Wurtele Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students who are trained to teach K–12 school groups. She also runs programs for visitors with special needs and professional development programs for teachers. Prior to coming to Yale, Jessica was Senior Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teacher Services at the Brooklyn Museum. She has contributed to a number of publications, including The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with the Ageing (2015), Interpreting the Art Museum (2015), the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2013), and Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture (2001). Jessica received her M.PHIL. in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


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Jessica Sack

Molleen Theodore

Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, LL.B. 1950, conceptualizes and oversees the Gallery’s public programs. She collaborates across the museum, the University, and the community, developing partnerships across disciplines, to foster programs that enhance and broaden visitor engagement with the works of art at the Yale University Art Gallery. In addition, Molleen has supervised students in curating exhibitions, including Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery and Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. She has served as a critic at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale. Molleen holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s.


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Molleen Theodore

Sydney Skelton Simon

Sydney Skelton Simon, the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs, is responsible for promoting, managing, and implementing the Gallery’s University-level outreach and teaching programs. She received her B.A. from Yale University in the history of art and her PH.D. from Stanford University, specializing in post–World War II American art and design. As an undergraduate at Yale, she was a Gallery Guide and a student curator of two exhibitions at the Gallery, Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation (2006–7) and What Is a Line? Drawings from the Collection (2007). Before returning to the museum as the Bradley Assistant Curator, Sydney held positions at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., and at Stanford University’s Anderson Collection and Cantor Arts Center.


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Sydney Skelton Simon

Meet the Fellows

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne is the Jock Reynolds Fellow in Public Programs, Education Department. Jake earned a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, in New York, and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. While at Williams, he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Art History Department, developed multimedia interpretive content for the Clark Art Institute, and cocurated the 2018–19 artist project (We Will) Open with You: General Sisters. As the Jock Reynolds Fellow, he supports the Gallery’s public engagement initiatives, producing a wide range of interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with community members, students, artists, and scholars.


Jake Gagne

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is the John Walsh Fellow in Museum Education. A former Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the museum, Rachel is a recent graduate of the Yale Divinity School and holds an M.A.R. with a certificate in Education Leadership and Ministry. Prior to coming to Yale, Rachel was an English teacher in San Antonio after earning her B.A. in English and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. As the John Walsh Fellow, Rachel continues to teach in the Gallery while developing curricular materials for Pre-K–12 and university audiences. She also facilitates professional development workshops for educators in the greater New Haven area.


Rachel Thompson


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