Artists Announced
June 28 – July 20,  Strohl Art Center 

Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., June 28

The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country.

For our 58th year, 26 works from contemporary artists have been selected for this prestigious exhibition.

  1. Hisham Youssef, "This is Art Not Industrial Plans, Kebab #1"
  2. Watie White, "Ganymede" 
  3. Padma Rajendran, "Sari series #1"
  4. Heidi Leitzke"Blister", "Susquehanna Isle", "Swollen"
  5. Lauren Kalman, "But if the Crime is Beautiful…. Composition with Ornament and Object (18)"
  6. Jay Hendrick, "100 Paintings"
  7. Christopher Atkins, "Hourglass"
  8. Errol Willett, "Shopping Bags"
  9. Ann Steuernagel, "Bird Talk"
  10. Khanh Le, "She Was Lost"
  11. Rebecca Kallem, "Rainbow Skull in Progress"
  12. Morteza Khakshoor, "Mom's Heart"
  13. A.J. Fries, "Abandoned Glass"
  14. Ariel Freiberg, "Unquenchable Thirst" 
  15. Adrienne DerMarderosian, "Still Falls The Rain" 
  16. Corey Davis, "Pointed Flute"
  17. Thom Flynn, "untitled"
  18. Brian Giniewski, "Untitled Container I"
  19. Anda Dubinskis, "Oak"
  20. Sara Fletcher, "Morning" 
  21. Nina Meledandri, "night and day"
  22. Benjamin Weathers, "Untitled (Hung)"
  23. Emily Zuch, "Reversable Genie" 
  24. Dana Goodman, "N)GroundBeetleGround"

This year's exhibition is selected by nationally renowned critic/curator Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine. Vartanian's work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on many national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions. Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. Its coverage of art and its discontents has been cited in outlets ranging from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Atlantic to The New Yorker, The Nation, and countless others.  The Hyperallergic Newsletter is sent out daily to a subscriber base of 48,000, and every Tuesday it includes a letter from the editor with a recap of the most popular and important stories in the contemporary art world from that week. Hyperallergic’s Tumblr blog was named by Time Magazine as one of the “30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013.”  Vartanian will be present to speak about his selections at the opening on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Important Dates:

  • April 15, 2015, Deadline for submission, apply here
  • May 18, 2015, Notifications emailed to artists
  • Between June 8 - 12, 2015, Artwork shipped to Colonnade Building, 58th Chautauqua Annual,
    1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 via FedEx or UPS.
  • June 28, 2015, Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Strohl Art Center
  • July 20, 2015, Last day of the exhibition. Artwork is shipped and returned to the artist after this date.

Open to all artists, accepting all mediums completed in the last three years. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.

Image and Entry Form Submission
Please apply online using our Slide Room Portal. Images should be saved in .jpg format at 72 dpi.

Work Specification
Work should be framed and ready for hanging. Framed works must be covered by plexi or acrylic: no glass. 2-D works should not exceed 100 pounds. 3-D work should not exceed 200 pounds. Work that does not follow these guidelines may be refused and returned to the artist.

Awards are given to outstanding works in the exhibition, as chosen by the juror. Awards range from $100-$1,000; a total of $2,500 will be given in awards.

All accepted work must be for sale. VACI will retain 50 percent commission on all sales. The price on the Entry Form will be considered a retail price from which the 50 percent commission will be deducted in the case of sales.

Packing and Shipping
Accepted artists are responsible for the cost of shipping and must pre-pay return shipping. Works must be shipped in REUSABLE packing for return shipping. NO packing peanuts or shredded newspaper. Packing that does not follow these guidelines may be refused and returned to the artist. Ship packages to: Colonnade Building, Chautauqua Annual Exhibition, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 between June 9 and June 13.

Accepted Checklist

  • No glass in framed pieces
  • Packed in reusable package
  • No peanuts, no shredded paper
  • Return shipping pre-payment

Liability and Agreement
Artwork will be handled with professional care, but VACI cannot be held responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Art will be insured while in the Galleries for the fair market value, indicated on your entry form. Artists must insure their own work during shipping to and from the Galleries. Submitting work to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all of VACI's terms and conditions. Accepted works may not be removed from the exhibition before the exhibition closes. VACI has the right to photograph any accepted work for purposes of publicity.