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1869
The first university arts institution, the School of the Fine Arts, opens. Established through the generosity of Augustus Russell Street (b.a. 1812), it was the first Yale school open to women, who formed the majority of students in the School’s first four decades. Yale today is the only Ivy League university with four professional schools in the arts (Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music). The School of Art offers graduate programs in sculpture, graphic design, photography, and painting and printmaking. Studio painting class.