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

Mission

Our mission is to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where arts organizations and the public could assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice.

 

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A LOOK BACK

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 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 is New Haven's first major arts center curating and hosting many regional arts organizations.


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.


Boards

ELY CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art

ADVISORY BOARD

Johanna Bresnick
Sally Hill
Mimsie Coleman
Leslie Creane
Jackie Downing
Bob Parker
Lucile Bruce
Andy Wolfe
Will Wilkins
Richard Klein
Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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