About The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts at the University of New Haven

Anchored on its historic campus in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. We measure our success by our ability to foster the excellence of emerging and established practitioners. We believe that the arts are central to the human experience and have the ability not only to reflect reality but also to create it.

The study and practice of art-making at LYME is an immersive, constantly evolving process. Aspiring and emerging visual artists grow individually through intensive engagement with their craft and lively, often profound, exchanges of ideas and work.

Program of Study

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program attracts some of the best and brightest young artists around the world. We offer one of the most immersive fine arts’ educations available and do so on a campus that has long been recognized as a national center for arts education, as well as home to groundbreaking, rigorous, and independent art degree programs.

At Lyme, we educate the whole artist through rigorous, studio-based disciplines in a liberal arts university setting. Our students enjoy the best of both worlds. They are enrolled in a rigorous professional studio-based program that is an integral part of a thriving university environment. Our undergraduate students have access to a large university library; university-wide lectures; expertise in other colleges; as well as outstanding music, theater, and dance concerts. Division II sports events held throughout the year.

Because we are part of the nationally-ranked University of New Haven with a broad range of courses that complement our studio disciplines, students develop the requisite skills to thrive wherever their passions take them. The campus is well-equipped with classrooms, studios, and exhibition spaces.

Courses in writing, computer science, communications, marketing, management, history, literature, or even engineering—are all available at the University of New Haven.

Rich History | Vital Future
  • About the Founder

    In 1976 at age 63, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler founded Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which later was accredited became Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She was inspired to do so because at that time, representational art and the traditional education of artists were disappearing in the Western world.

    As a young girl, Elisabeth trained as a professional harpist and became an accomplished performer. Later she studied sculpture with Edmondo Quattocchi and anatomy under Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students League in New York City. Over her long career she received many awards and honors, notable among them The Thomas R. Proctor Prize from the National Academy of Design; the 1992 Silver Medal and Citation from the National Sculpture Society; The 1982 Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America; The 1971 Gold Medal from the National Arts Club; the Governor’s Arts Award from the State of Connecticut; and an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Joseph’s College in 2001.

    Chandler’s sculpture is held in many private and public collections including St. Patrick’s Cathedral; the National Academy of Design; National Sculpture Society; Old State House in Hartford; Fairfield University; The Paul Mellon Art Center; The British Museum; Columbia University School of Law; Princeton University and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

  • Campus, Studios, Facilities

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is located in Old Lyme, Connecticut – one of several towns that make up the primary region of the Connecticut River Valley in the heart of New England.

    Known for its artistic community, the first colony of artists to live and work in the region date back to 1899 including American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf. Old Lyme’s central location and proximity to major highways and public transportation makes for easy day-trips to New York City, Boston and Hartford – home to some of the best museums in the world.

    Just 45 minutes west of Old Lyme is New Haven – home to Yale University and the main campus of the University of New Haven, as well as many galleries, art venues, restaurants and shopping. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Connecticut’s shoreline, the campus offers the space and atmosphere that allows students to devote themselves to their creative and academic studies. It is equidistant from the thriving art scenes in both Boston to the North and New York City to the south.

  • Accreditation

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is proud to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.