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Digital Lab

The Digital Lab of the School of Art (http://art.yale.edu/DigLab) consists of Macintosh-based facilities for undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in the School. Each department has its own computer lab for graduate work, and there is an undergraduate graphic design lab as well. For general course use there is a computer classroom with attached scanners and networked printers.

Painting and printmaking students have an Epson 7600 set up for digital printing and transparencies for printmaking processes. Sculpture students have both monochrome and color laser printers as well as video editing stations. Graphic design students can use Ricoh laser printers for proofs, smaller work, and books, and HP Designjet wide-format printers for poster production. Photography students have an Imacon scanner for digitally scanning negatives and Epson 9800 printers for digital photo printing.

The graduate facilities include 11 x 17 scanners and additional equipment based on the needs of the students in the department, including laser printers, video editing stations, and slide scanners.

Digital projectors, cameras, displays, and other equipment are available for short-term loan. All students who work digitally are expected to have their own portable FireWire hard drive to store personal work.

All computer facilities are available to students twenty-four hours a day; departmental access is required for some labs. The labs are supported by digital technology team members and have individual student monitors as well.

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Digital Media Center for the Arts

The Digital Media Center for the Arts (DMCA) at 149 York Street is a multimedia facility that was created in 1998 to establish connections between traditional art and the computer age. The center was conceived by and serves the several arts departments and institutions at Yale. Beyond providing classroom and laboratory facilities, the DMCA provides instruction and equipment that allow faculty and students in all arts disciplines to discover and create in the diverse fields of electronic media. Advanced technologies, staff expertise, and interdisciplinary approaches make the DMCA an ideal auxiliary for Yale’s arts community.

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Ralph Mayer Learning Center

Through the generosity of the late Bena Mayer, a painter and the widow of Ralph Mayer, author of The Artist’s Handbook of Techniques and Materials, The Painter’s Craft, and A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, archives related to her husband’s research and writings have been given to the Yale School of Art for the establishment of the Ralph Mayer Learning Center. The purpose of the center is to support research and writing on the use of materials, and for the study of artists’ techniques in the field of drawing and painting. A seminar entitled “Techniques,” which has been part of the curriculum of the Yale School of Art for over fifty years, is augmented by the center.

Original Mayer manuscripts and memorabilia are included in the collection of the Haas Family Arts Library and are available on a noncirculating basis to members of the Yale community and the public. The School offers to answer in writing inquiries regarding the use of artists’ materials. Requests for information about this service should be addressed to Samuel Messer, Associate Dean, Yale School of Art, Ralph Mayer Learning Center, PO Box 208339, New Haven CT 06520-8339.

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Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale University Art Gallery at 1111 Chapel Street is the oldest college art museum in the United States, having been founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Since then its collections have grown to more than 200,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present. In addition to its world-renowned collections of American paintings and decorative arts, the gallery is noted for outstanding collections of Greek and Roman art, including artifacts from the ancient Roman city of Dura-Europos; collections of early Italian paintings; the Société Anonyme Collection of twentieth-century European and American art; modern and contemporary art and design; Asian art; African art; art of the ancient Americas; and Indo-Pacific art.

In December 2012 the gallery completed a comprehensive expansion and renovation project. The expanded museum unites all three buildings—the landmark Louis Kahn building (1953), the Old Yale Art Gallery (1928), and Street Hall (1866)—into a cohesive whole with a rooftop addition by Ennead Architects (2012).

The gallery is both a collecting and an educational institution, and all activities are aimed at providing an invaluable resource and experience for Yale faculty, staff, and students, as well as for the general public. For more information, please visit www.artgallery.yale.edu.

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Yale Center for British Art

Presented to the University by Paul Mellon (Class of 1929), the Yale Center for British Art at 1080 Chapel Street houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art, life, and thought from the Elizabethan period onward. On view are masterpieces by leading artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major figures from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. British sporting art, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Camden Town School, and the Bloomsbury Group are also well represented, together with more recent twentieth-century artists.

One of the center’s greatest treasures is the building itself. Opened to the public in 1977, the Yale Center for British Art is the last building designed by internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn. The structure integrates the dual functions of study center and gallery while providing an environment for works of art that is simple and dignified. It stands across the street from Kahn’s first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery (1953).

The YCBA recently completed a six-month building conservation project addressing its Prints and Drawings and Rare Books and Manuscripts departments, which fulfilled Louis Kahn’s architectural vision for these spaces. This building conservation project, the first phase of a conservation program focused on the interior of the center’s landmark building, was undertaken with the guidance of the recent publication Louis I. Kahn and the Yale Center for British Art: A Conservation Plan, the first plan of its kind in the United States. The second phase will address the exhibition galleries and auditorium and will begin in 2015. For more information, visit http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture.

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 only credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale-in-London.

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The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, linking the ground floors of Rudolph Hall and the Loria Center at 180 and 190 York Street, serves as the primary collection for the study of art, architecture, and drama production at Yale. The collection, one of the most comprehensive in North America, holds approximately 125,000 volumes on art, architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic design, urban planning, and theater. It includes the Arts Special Collections, which has volumes on the book arts, fine printing, typography, and book illustration, as well as the Visual Resources Collection, whose Digital Library holds more than 300,000 images to support teaching and research across a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. The Haas Family Arts Library contains important reference works, monographs, and exhibition catalogs; periodicals, including nearly 500 current subscriptions; and a growing suite of digital resources, including online periodicals, databases, and indexes. Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s central research library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Classics Library at Phelps Gate also contain many volumes on art and architecture, as well as related collections in archaeology, anthropology, film, bibliography, history, and literature.

The Arts Library is part of the Yale University Library, one of the world’s leading research libraries, holding approximately fifteen million volumes. To learn more, visit the library’s Web site at www.library.yale.edu/arts.

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