Applications for the 2020 season have closed but will reopen on September 1, 2020 for the 2021 season.

Applying to VACI School of Art

Eligibility is limited to artists whose work has not yet been recognized internationally, including those as young as 21 years old. College enrollment is not a requirement to attend our program. Up to 38 positions are available. The entire Core Faculty and Artistic Director as a group will select participants who will enter into this program. Applications will be judged by the quality of the work submitted and artistic excellence as well as the answers provided to questions in the application. Financial ability to fully pay for fees to attend plays no role in the decision process and jurying of applications.

Application Requirements

Requirements for application include:

  • 8 images of your work, all media accepted, including video.
  • Complete application including answering a few questions designed to tell us about your artistic practice and why you want to come to Chautauqua.
  • PDF of your current resume.
  • $25 non-refundable fee. Everyone who does not receive acceptance into our program will receive a response and brief feedback on their application.
  • All eligible artists will be considered with no preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age.

VACI DigitalPoster 2020 web

Download the 2020 Chautauqua School of Art Digital Poster


Applicants who applied before March 2, 2020 will be notified on or before April 15, 2020.   

For 38 participants who receive the opportunity to visit Chautauqua, their work will be shown the first day of the School of Art residency in the main galleries at the Chautauqua Institution. Curated by gallery Director Judy Barie and mentors of our program, this will be the first introduction of accepted applicants’ work to the Chautauqua community.


We are open and excited to work with many mission-aligned nonprofit organizations, universities and schools to bring participants to the School of Art. Our focus is on sharing resources and finding ways to offer opportunities to artists worldwide.  For more information, visit our Partnerships page.

College Credit

fredonia logo one line 2c web 1Participants in the Chautauqua School of Art residency program can receive undergraduate or graduate credit for their studies at the Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts. Credits are available by special arrangement with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. This is at the prevailing cost of SUNY tuition, in addition to tuition, room and board costs at CHQ. Students must indicate their desire for college credit at initial registration.

Visual Arts students can receive up to three credits for studio work for the course Special Topics: Studio Art (ARTS 390) – 1-3 credits.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Malinoski-Umberger, Manager, Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts

Eric Skowronski, Director of Extended Learning, SUNY Fredonia

Contact Us

For more information and all inquiries, feel free to email Sharon Louden at We are happy to answer any questions you may have.