Yale Center for British Art - Google Cultural Institute
The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the University by Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period to present day. On view are masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Joshua Reynolds, and John Constable, as well as artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain.
The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs, including films, concerts, lectures, tours, symposia, and family programs. It also provides numerous opportunities for scholarly research, such as residential fellowships. Academic resources of the Center include the reference library and photo archive, conservation laboratories, and a study room for examining works on paper from the collection. An affiliated institution in London, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale's first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale in London.
The Center is active in the publishing of research, and collaborates with Yale University Press on publications accompanying its major exhibitions. In conjunction with the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, the Center is also responsible for Studies in British Art, an ongoing series of essay volumes published by Yale University Press.
As well as fostering public programs, the Center offers opportunities for scholars at all levels to study its collections and participate in its scholarly programs. The Center offers short-term residential Visiting Scholar Awards at pre-doctoral and postdoctoral levels; opportunities for students at Yale and elsewhere, including travel grants, research positions, an annual Graduate Student Symposium, and a biennial Graduate Student Summer Seminar.
Schools and Teachers
Education Staff works closely with local teachers to supplement classroom teaching with access to works of art, and by helping teachers integrate visual learning into their curricula. In addition, the Center offers a range of opportunities customized to the needs of teachers looking to use visual resources in their classrooms.
Yale-in-London was the University’s first credit-granting study-abroad program. It provides a unique opportunity for Yale College students to spend the spring or summer in London taking classes in the history of British Art, literature, history, and culture. The program is based at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Yale Student Guide Program
The Center is home to an active undergraduate Student Guide Program. Admittance to the program is highly competitive and guides offer to the public specially devised tours of the collections every Saturday and Sunday during the academic year. Each year the guides curate an Art in Focus exhibition, presenting objects from the collections to the public and gaining experience in every aspect of exhibition practice.
Reference Library and Archives
The Reference Library, open to researchers of all types, houses 30,000 titles and more than eighty periodicals devoted to British art, artists, and culture from the sixteenth century to the present day. It maintains a growing and vital collection of art conservation and technical analysis materials and offers a station for viewing many of the Center’s past lectures and programs. A Photograph Archive, located within the Reference Library, is a study collection of more than 200,000 photographic reproductions of works of British art from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century.
The Study Room is the principal means of access to prints, drawings, watercolors, rare books, manuscripts, and maps in the Center’s collection.
The Center houses two modern facilities dedicated to the conservation and restoration of works of art in its collection. They provide complete technical examinations of the museum’s collections. Treatments range from gentle surface cleaning to complex structural repairs. In addition to supporting its own conservation needs, the Center cares for works of art on paper from the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.
Browse the catalogues and books on British art; discover a unique gift for a special occasion or a beautiful object for your home; or visit the children’s section, devoted to books, toys, and games. The Museum Shop is a favorite with Center visitors for its good taste and hard-to-find items.