Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
— Albert Einstein


The Ely Center of Contemporary Art’s mission is to reaffirm Grace T. Ely’s testamentary wishes for a contemporary art center—within her Elizabethan home—where arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through emerging artistic and cultural practices.

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The John Slade Ely House is an English Elizabethan style house built in 1905 by S. G. Taylor. It was home to John Slade Ely (1860–1906) and Grace T. Ely, who came to New Haven in 1897. From 1897 up until his tragic death in 1906, he held the Theory and Practice of Medicine chair at Yale School of Medicine. Grace, an active community member and supporter of the arts, left the house in Trust as an art center for emerging contemporary art after her death in 1960. The first exhibition opened in April 1961 with works from New Haven Paint & Clay Club.

Founded in 1961, the John Slade Ely House Galleries is New Haven's first major arts center curating and hosting many regional arts organizations.


Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art, Inc.
and Ely Center of Contemporary Art

Board of Directors

Jeanne Criscola, President
Debbie Hesse, Vice President
Kyle Hamilton, Treasurer
Megan Manton, Secretary
Lucile Bruce
Johanna Bresnick
Michele Crowley
Helen Kauder
Laura Weir Clarke
Jeanne Ciravolo
Diane Chandler

Advisory Board

Sally Hill
Heidi Hamilton
Mimsie Coleman
Leslie Creane
Jackie Downing
Aleta Staton
Andy Wolfe
Will Wilkins
Richard Klein
Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky

Curatorial & Community Engagement

Faustin Adeniran
Johanna Bresnick
Adam Chambers
Deborah Lehman Di Capua
Melanie Carr
Jeanne Ciravolo
Eric Litke
Howard El Yasin
Fritz Horstman
Kate Sullivan

Floor Plans

The Ely Center of Contemporary Art is available for organizations and groups to meet, exhibit, and  perform. Inquire about our curated rental programming and events. Click here to download the floor plans.