Each summer Strohl Art Center, Fowler-Kellogg Art Canter and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden present nine exhibitions in their beautifully renovated galleries and outdoor garden. My mission is for the Chautauqua audience to explore, appreciate and be inspired by the contemporary work created by nationally recognized artists who work in several different mediums. The 2019 season will feature small sculptures, ceramics, paintings, prints and an exhibition titled "Reconstructing Identities," focusing on diversity. Below are examples of the galleries' programming and history:

Design, Flow, Interpret, Repeat: Contemporary Abstractions | July 18–August 21, 2018
This vibrant exhibition in the Main Gallery of Strohl Art Center explored the relationship of color, shape and surface linking several artists work together with a common abstract gesture. Featured works included Harris Deller's black and white ceramic sculptures along with Susan English's color field paintings.

Masters In Craft | June 24–August 20, 2018
Several contemporary artists, who are now considered Masters, were highlighted in this predominantly three-dimensional exhibition featuring work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber and mixed media. These skillful artists, many of whom have been working for decades along with some newly recognized artists, such as Stacey Lee Webber, reflected the best of their craft.

Barnscapes New Work by Seth Clark | July 26–August 21, 2017
Seth Clark’s collage and sculptural work focuses on deteriorating architecture. Barns are designed to be huge forces of permanence, yet are now collapsing in on themselves. Among all of the clutter, shards of wood and layers of rubble, there remains a gentle resolve. These images are created through an ambitious layering process: creating collages with found paper to reflect the fragmented and complex tactility of decay.

Gradations | July 23–August 24, 2016
A combination of works with a gradual change in color, shape, material or size were shown in the Main Gallery of Strohl Art Center by six contemporary artists. This thematic exhibition highlighted the use of materiality as a way to view the artist’s true “hand”. The combination of works resulted in a language between Lauren Mabry's colorful spilling cylinders with Mia Tarducci's large expressionist paintings, as well as other participating artists.

The Circle/Square Game | July 22–August 25, 2015
It was a simple notion: circles and squares in a towering exhibition space creating a sense of wonder and flow. This exhibition featured nine contemporary artists whose work was made with paint, firework smoke, clay, glass, wood, salvaged materials and antique measuring tapes. Ted Larsen and Paula Overbay are two of the artists who collectively share the common thread of circles and/or squares in their works.


Gallery Staff

judy barieJudy Barie
Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries
judy@judybarie.com

 

 

Lynn LeFauveLynn LeFauve
The Gallery Store Manager
lrlefauve@gmail.com

 

 

The Gallery Store is a museum-quality gift shop located in Strohl Art Center. Approximately 60 artists and craftsmen from around the country are represented. The store offers unique handcrafted jewelry, fiber, wood, glass, metal and ceramic items for all to collect and enjoy.

 

History of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

School of Art Faculty Member William Daley with students - 1988

Chautauqua Art Student - 1983

The visual arts programs at Chautauqua Institution have been the launching point for thousands of artists for more than a century, and for over 50 years our galleries have been one of CHQ’s primary links to the world of contemporary as well as historical art.

One of the oldest summer visual art programs in America, courses in art were offered at CHQ as early as the 1880’s, but it was with the construction of the Arts and Crafts Quadrangle in 1909 that a fully active school for visual arts was established. It was designed and built by the team of New York artist Henry Turner Bailey (first Director of CHQ's visual arts program) and renowned architect E.B. Green.

A century later this facility, one of the finest examples of American Arts and Crafts architecture in the country, continues to be flawless in its design as an art school, even though the building was conceived before most of the major art movements in 20th and 21st Century Art had been conceived. It has lived through Cubism, Expressionism, Abstraction, Pop, Post-Modernism, time based media and all that followed, and it continues, through the foresight of its original designers, to create an ambiance which facilitates a natural exchange of ideas among students and faculty, many of whom are working in media that hadn't even been invented when the building was originally constructed. The layout of the quadrangle, with it's U shaped structure overlooking a green expanse leading to one of the best views of Chautauqua Lake in the region, has served it's pedagogical purpose well for more than 100 years.

For decades many of the faculty at the School of Art have been among the most respected "artists who also teach" in America. Many of the prominent artists on the Chautauqua School of Art faculty also teach in top graduate programs nationally, and all are highly respected professionals - artists first.

In 2009 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Chautauqua School of Art with the complete renovation of our historic facilities: more than 50,000 square feet of studios and galleries.

In 1956 the independent Chautauqua Art Association Gallery was founded through the foresight of painting program director Revington Arthur and longtime Chautauquan supporter of the arts Florence Norton. Two years later the annual Chautauqua National Exhibition (now the Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art) was established. Throughout its history jurors for this exhibition have included highly respected artists, critics and museum and gallery directors such as Janne Sirén, Luis Grachos and Douglas Schultz (all Albright-Knox Art Gallery directors), Carlos Guiterrez-Solana (Artists Space)Richard Armstrong (Carnegie Museum of Art), Sherman Lee (Cleveland Museum of Art) ,Tom Messer (Guggenheim Museum), Julian Zugazagoitia (Museo del Barrio), Robert Storr (Museum of Modern Art), Jeremy Strick (National Gallery of Art), and Patterson Sims (Whitney Museum of Art). Among the gallery directors who have selected this show are Denise Bibro, Kim Foster, Michael Gitlitz (Marlborough Gallery), Nancy Hoffman, Jim Kempner, Phyllis Kind and Rachel Vancelette (Barbara Gladstone Gallery). Since the 1950’s a number of artists and critics have also been asked to select the exhibition including Jack Beal, Carl Holty, Leon Kroll, Donald Kuspit, Barbara Rose, and Stephen Westfall.

In 1986 artist Don Kimes became Artistic Director of the visual arts programs at Chautauqua Institution. A year later the original Arts and Crafts Center was renamed the Chautauqua School of Art and Logan Galleries were established in order to showcase the work of contemporary artists, faculty and students. Now in his third decade at CHQ, he expanded the presence of CHQ's visual arts program by bringing visiting faculty of substantial renown, expanding the visual arts lecture program, and enhancing the exhibitions programs.

Under Kimes’ leadership, the independent Chautauqua Art Association Gallery eventually merged with the School of Art and Logan Galleries in 2004, bringing the School of Art, Logan Galleries, the Art Association Galleries and the visual arts lectures series under one umbrella which became known as VACI - Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. The synergies created by VACI resulted in a tremendous level of interest and support for the visual arts programs. From 2007 to 2009 the School of Art underwent an extensive renovation of its century old facilities and in 2008 the Art Association Galleries underwent a 3.5 million dollar renovation resulting in brand new, museum quality exhibition facilities known as the Strohl Art Center. The art school renovations provided improved individual studios, expanded sculpture facilities, the state of the art Joan Lincoln Ceramics Center, faculty studios in close proximity to student studios, a re-built printmaking studio, a fabulous drawing studio and more.  Kimes served as Artistic Director for more than 30 years.   He and his wife Lois Jubek, who served as managing director since 1989, stepped down from their posts in 2018.  Kimes was named the inaugural and Sydelle Sonkin and Herb Siegel Chair of the Resident Visual Arts Program in 2018.

Along with the new Strohl Art Center galleries, in 2008 the Melvin Johnson Sculpture garden was completed as a venue for temporary sculpture installations by contemporary artists. In 2010 the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, with four spectacular galleries, opened to the public after a total renovation. Exhibitions formerly housed in the Logan Galleries were relocated to this elegant and historic 121-year-old facility. Fowler-Kellogg, which is linked to the Strohl Art Center and Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden by an outdoor piazza, gives VACI one of the premier summer program gallery complexes in America.

VACI now presents 11 exhibitions to thousands of visitors every summer as well as to students in the visual art programs. These range from cutting-edge work by nationally recognized artists in all media and shows of significant work that is outside the mainstream gallery world, to the annual School of Art student exhibition. A sampling of some of the artists whose work has been seen in VACI’s galleries ranges from Charles Burchfield, Reginald Marsh, Franz Kline and Jack Tworkov in the1950’s to exhibitions which in recent years have included Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Val Cushing, Richard Diebenkorn, Tara Donovan, Caroll Dunham, Nancy Graves, Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Jasing, Jasper Johns, Lee Krasner, Sol Lewitt, Susan Rothenberg, Jessica Stockholder, Cy Twombly, Terry Winters and dozens of others.

Applicants to the School of Art now come from nearly every prominent school of art and art department, as well as from many smaller programs across the country and abroad. For many students, the Chautauqua School of Art offers the opportunity for contact with faculty who have taught in a wide range of schools, as well as interaction with dedicated students from many other programs, as they try to decide where to attend graduate school. For others out of school or already enrolled in graduate programs, it offers an opportunity to deepen their experience with a range of artists from across the country. In any case, all of the students are looking for the opportunity to immerse themselves in the studio and to engage in the ambiance and interchange made possible through their residency at CHQ.

Today VACI is composed of 5 interconnected entities: the Chautauqua School of Art, Strohl and Fowler Kellogg Arts Centers, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden and the Visual Arts Lecture series. It is not only one of the most respected summer visual arts programs in America, but as a cornerstone at the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution, it is also the only summer program in the world which brings together in one place such an extraordinarily high level of experience in the visual arts, dance, theater, symphony, opera, literature and intellect in a fashion that is so dynamic, rigorous and relevant to the 21st Century.

 

Financial Assistance 

VACI offers a low tuition rate relative to other national summer art programs. Even so, there are many artists who request assistance, and financial aid is competitive. Financial assistance from VACI comes in the form of tuition reduction coupled with a work/study requirement. All recipients are asked to work up to 10 hours per week at an assigned job. Artists who accept financial assistance and do not satisfactorily fulfill work/study obligations will be dismissed from the program with no refund. All students who receive full financial assistance are required to work the full 10 hours/week.

Financial assistance from VACI comes in the form of full tuition, half tuition and partial tuition, as well as some additional assistance which also covers housing. Additionally, there may be resident hall assistant positions which cover housing costs for mature students. Residence hall assistant positions are available to students 21 years and older who have had experience in college residence halls or in supervision of young people. 

Work/study assistance is made on the basis of a combination of financial need and artistic merit. Financial assistance outside of VACI’s resources in the form of home institutions and/or generous benefactors come with no work/study requirements.

Life at Chautauqua

Artists from around the world come to Chautauqua each summer for a unique learning experience. Part of that experience is becoming part of the CHQ community. School of Art students and emerging artists live in our dorms side-by-side with other students and emerging professionals studying music, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School of Art handbook is required reading upon arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program. 

Housing and Meals

Housing

Chautauqua provides residence hall lodging for approximately 280 full-time artists enrolled in the art, music, dance and theater schools. The residence halls are located within walking distance to all of the festival facilities. Dorm rooms are mainly all doubles, but we do have a few triples and quad rooms. Each room comes with a bed, desk and closet for each student or emerging artist and the bathroom is shared with one other room. Two full-time dorm counselors are hired specifically for each wing as well as two student counselors. Artists are housed together based on their age and discipline. Housing will be open for artists to move in as early as Friday, June 21.

Chautauqua offers two housing facilities, Bellinger Hall and Lincoln Dorm. Rooms are shared with another student or emerging artist in residence. You may indicate your preferences on your registration forms that you receive once admission is granted. Chautauqua Institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.

If you prefer to not stay in the Bellinger Hall or Lincoln Dorm, we are happy to provide you with guidance for housing in the area, however, we cannot guarantee housing other than these options.

Meal Plans

All artists who live in the residence halls will automatically be enrolled in our full meal plan. This plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. There is no option to opt-out of the meal plan.

The food service in the residence hall operates very much like a food court. Because we are using the food court set-up, there will be vegetarian offerings at every meal. Please be aware that we cannot accommodate unique or individual dietary requests, however, we will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can.

 

The student and emerging artists program at VACI is centered on working with the mentors in small and intimate group settings that emphasize one-on-one conversation. Because all of the mentors wear multiple hats as they engage in multiple disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, craft, digital media, performance, social engagement, installation and the undefinable. If you are curious, hard-working, and generous, we are interested in having you. 

In addition to working with these exceptional mentors, a residency at Chautauqua will offer you access to all of its incredible programming, including lectures, events, and programming outside of VACI. The seven-week residency runs from June 22nd to August 10th, 2019.

Students and emerging artists will interact with both faculty who will be there for most or all of the 7 weeks and visiting artists that will come in for short stints throughout the seven weeks. The schedule for faculty visits will be posted on a calendar on this website at the time of registration. 

Each student/emerging artist receives his or her own partitioned studio space with 24-hour access. They also have 24-hour access to communal studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. Each student and emerging artist is required to work with two of the faculty of their choice and can sign up for as many one-on-one sessions as they wish.

Facilities at the School of Art include a digital media studio, a full printmaking studio, a large drawing room, sculpture facilities including welding equipment, a full ceramic facility and large outdoor areas to stretch out and make work.

VACI offers the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study that is not available in academic settings, but the program is not designed for everyone. Those who need continual instruction or who cannot work in a community setting would find the long days, the requirement for self-motivation, and the demanding nature of the program difficult to adjust to. But for those artists who think about their work 24/7 and are hungry to engage with exceptionally serious artists, Chautauqua in the summer is an invaluable experience.

Estimated costs for this program: $4,575 which includes tuition, studio space, access to all of the School of Art facilities and Chautauqua grounds, gate pass, registration fees, room cost and meal plan for 7 weeks, 3 meals per day. 


Financial Assistance

VACI offers a low tuition rate relative to other national summer art programs. Even so, there are many artists who request assistance, and financial aid is competitive. Financial assistance from VACI comes in the form of tuition reduction coupled with a work/study requirement. All recipients are asked to work up to 10 hours per week at an assigned job. Artists who accept financial assistance and do not satisfactorily fulfill work/study obligations will be dismissed from the program with no refund. All students who receive full financial assistance are required to work the full 10 hours/week.

Financial assistance from VACI comes in the form of full tuition, half tuition and partial tuition, as well as some additional assistance which also covers housing. Additionally, there may be resident hall assistant positions which cover housing costs for mature students. Residence hall assistant positions are available to students 21 years and older who have had experience in college residence halls or in supervision of young people. 

Work/study assistance is made on the basis of a combination of financial need and artistic merit. Financial assistance outside of VACI’s resources in the form of home institutions and/or generous benefactors come with no work/study requirements.