June 26 – July 18,  Strohl Art Center 

Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Sunday June 26
The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country.


This years 59th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art will be co­curated. Steven Harvey has worked as an art advisor, art dealer, curator and writer for over 25 years. He is the director of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in NYC, which he founded in 2007. SHFAP moved to New York city’s newest hot art district on the lower east side in 2011. Jennifer Samet is co­director of SHFAP. She is also the author of the popular column “Beer With a Painter” in Hyperallergic Weekend Edition.She has published extensively on contemporary art. Especially interested in the voice of the artist, she has lectured on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art”, and has also curated several major historical exhibitions.

Important Dates:

  • April 1, 2016, Deadline for submission, apply here
  • May 16, 2016, Notifications emailed to artists
  • Between June 6 - 10, 2016, Artwork shipped to Colonnade Building, 58th Chautauqua Annual,
    1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 via FedEx or UPS.
  • June 26, 2016, Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Strohl Art Center
  • July 18, 2016, 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.