The program at VACI is centered on working with 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, the residency program is open to all. If you are curious, hard-working, and generous, we are interested in having you. We welcome experimentation and research as a basis for this program.

In addition to working with exceptional artists, critics, curators and the like, 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 27th to August 15th, 2019.

Participants in our program will interact with both mentors who will be in residence over the course of the residency and visiting artists that will come in for short stints throughout the seven weeks. In addition, we have a vibrant lecture series with visiting artists sharing stories, their histories and commentary on issues of the day. The schedule for visiting artists, mentors and speakers will be posted on a calendar on this website at the time of registration. 

In addition, we welcome collaborative projects with different schools and organizations at Chautauqua. In 2019, mentor Hrag Vartanian collaborated with the Cinema curating two films as a part of the summer program and he also worked with participants to collaborate with the Smith Memorial Library. We also took a trip to the Seneca Iroquois National Museum and intend to visit again in 2020.

Each participant artist receives a partitioned studio space with 24-hour access. They also have 24-hour access to communal studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. Each participant is required to work with at least two mentors 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. To see more details about our studios and facilities, please click on to our Facilities page.

VACI offers the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused time for research 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 may be difficult to adjust to. But for those artists who think about their work 24/7 and are hungry to engage with exceptionally serious artists, a public who is eager to learn from and be inspired by artists, Chautauqua in the summer is an invaluable experience.

Estimated costs for this program: $4,675 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. Funding is available.

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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 funding is competitive. Funding from VACI comes in the form of tuition reduction coupled with a work/study requirement. All recipients are asked to contribute to basic chores, assisting mentors and staff, studio maintenance and other duties up to 10 hours per week at an assigned job. Participants who accept financial assistance and do not satisfactorily fulfill obligations will be dismissed from the program with no refund. All participants 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.

In 2019, we awarded 36 out of 38 participants full funding, covering the cost of attending the Chautauqua School of Art residency program through partnerships with different institutions and organizations. You can see our current list of partnerships here. If you are interested in more information or want to be a part of our Partnerships program, please contact the VACI Artistic Director Sharon Louden at Sharon.Louden@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest!


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
smalinoski@chq.org

Eric Skowronski, Director of Extended Learning, SUNY Fredonia
Eric.Skowronski@fredonia.edu

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.

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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.


Partnerships

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
smalinoski@chq.org

Eric Skowronski, Director of Extended Learning, SUNY Fredonia
Eric.Skowronski@fredonia.edu


Contact Us

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

2018 CHQ Faculty/Visiting Artists/Critics

 

Advisory Council to the Artistic Director
Denise Bibro, Director, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
Michael Gitlitz, Director Marlborough Gallery, NYC
Judy Glantzman, Artist
Glenn Goldberg, Artist
Louis Grachos, Director, The Contemporary Austin
Donald Kuspit, Art Critic and Historian
Sharon Louden, Artist
Barbara Rose, Art Critic & Historian
Robert Storr, Dean, Yale School of Art
Stephen Westfall, Artist & Critic Art In America
Julian Zugazoitia, Director Nelson Adkins Museum, Kansas City

Previous Faculty

2017 School of Art Faculty List 
2016 School of Art Faculty List
2015 School of Art faculty bios
2014 School of Art faculty bios
2013 School of Art faculty bios
2012 School of Art faculty bios
2011 School of Art faculty bios

A partial list of faculty since 1990:

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Bonnie Ashmore
Pam Avril
Olive Ayhens
Flavia Bacarella
Jake Berthot
Al Blaustein
Harvey Breverman
Riley Brewster
Larry Brown
Nathan Brujis
Howard Buchwald
Ken Buhler
Charles Cajori
Zoe Charlton
Glenn Cebulash
Ron Cohen
Steven Cushner
Tomas vu Daniel
Carol Diamond
Stuart Diamond
Jane Dickson
Tim Doud
Kathleen Dugan
William Dunlap
Louis Finkelstein
Sharon Fishel
Stephanie Franks
Joanne Freeman
Dorothy Frey
Nancy Friese
Bruce Gagnier
Tony Gant

Judy Glantzman
Robert Godfrey
Carol Brown Goldberg
Glenn Goldberg
Lester Goldman
Ron Graff
Margaret Grimes
Barbara Grossman
Dan Gustin
Allan Hacklin
Gerard Haggerty
Alison Hall
Mary Hambleton
Louise Hamlin
Julie Heffernan
Robert Henry
Dan Hernandez
Vera Iliatova
Ron Janowich
Suzanne Joelson
Deborah Kahn
William Kelly
Leonard Koscianski
Gabriel Laderman
Julie Langsam
Heidi Leitzke
Ron Cohen
Julie Heffernan
Sharon Louden
Barry Nemett
Lise Lemeland
Mark Lewis

Stanley Lewis
Ying Li
Pat Lipsky
Ro Lohin
Lynette Lombard
Jeremy Long
Sharon Louden
David Lund
Marcia Marcus
Margo Margolis
James McGarrell
Clayton Merrell
Raoul Middleman
Ben Frank Moss
Kathy Muehlemann
Dona Nelson
Barry Nemet
Laura Newman
Garry Nichols
Graham Nickson
Joe Nicoletti
Wilbur Niewald
Jay Noble
Jennifer Nuss
Hearne Pardee
Don Perlis
Jeneen Piccuirro
Katherine Porter
Marjorie Portnow
Colleen Randall
Alberto Rey
Matthew Rich

Carole Robb
George Rose
Deborah Rosenthal
Alyse Rosner
Amber Scoon
Chris Semergieff
Ophrah Shemesh
Elena Sisto
Don Southard
Charles Spurrier
Clintel Steed
Gary Stephan
Craig Taylor
Morgan Taylor
Dannielle Tegeder
Esme Thompson
Selina Trieff
Josette Urso
Audrey Ushenko
Costa Vavagiakis
John Walker
Albert Weaver
Gina Werfel
Stephen Westfall
Kevin Wixted
Alice Zinnes
Olive Ayhens
Vera Iliyatova
Matthew Rich
Alyse Rosner

June 27–August 15, 2020

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

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About Chautauqua School of Art

The School of Art is a centerpiece of Visual Arts at Chautauqua (known as VACI — pronounced VAH-chee). The School is an incubator of inclusive and expansive programming in the visual arts composed of workshops and one-on-one time with mentors covering all media. The curriculum intentionally breaks apart the traditional methods that silo disciplines from each other and instead embraces a full range of studio and pragmatic studies including professional development for artists, the art of pedagogy, writing in the 21st century, archiving and the relevance of art history today. Learn more about the VACI Experience and check out our Instagram page to see what we've been up to.

The Chautauqua School of Art residency program welcomes artists who have yet to receive wide recognition of their work, including those as young as 21 years old. College enrollment is not a requirement to attend our program. Artists who engage in all media are encouraged to apply. This is an environment that promotes intergenerational collaboration, exchange, research and an openness to other art forms at Chautauqua, including dance, theater, music, literature and more. It is meant to be a safe, brave space to share, experiment and freely express.

Every participant in our residency program has the opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition in our galleries, opportunities to sell their work, engage in group projects, present other artists' works, and have the freedom to do performances, group projects, lectures and more. We welcome international artists from far and wide.

Download the 2020 Chautauqua School of Art Digital Poster

Core Mentors

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Professional Development

Participating artists will receive contemporary, nuanced, reality-based, peer-to-peer professional development workshops from Artistic Director Sharon Louden and guest speakers while at Chautauqua the first, middle and last weeks of the season. This type of Professional Development includes adopting basic tools, however, the overall emphasis is community building. 


Workshops, Visiting Artists and Special Studies at VACI

Technical workshops and Special Studies in printmaking, figure drawing, digital media, painting, ceramics and other subjects explored will be offered throughout the season through week 8. In addition, many visiting artists and guests will also come for short stints weekly to provide unique experiences, studio visits, one-on-one access with participating artists and the Chautauqua visiting public. Technicians will also be on-site for general assistance. We welcome everyone to come and experience, learn and explore the visual arts with us. For information about our facilities, check out some of our places of making and thinking here.


The VACI Experience

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Students and emerging artists are invited to explore The VACI Experience. Check out what we have to offer! We look forward to welcoming you.

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2020 VACI Students

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Take a look at the 2020 VACI students.

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Core Mentors, Faculty & Staff

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The Chautauqua School of Art residency program has a base of core resident mentors along with other faculty and visiting artists who will hold workshops and give lectures throughout the season. We look forward to your meeting them and our VACI team! Click here to learn more about us. 

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Apply

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The Chautauqua School of Art residency program welcomes artists who have yet to receive wide recognition of their work, including those as young as 21 years old. College enrollment is not a requirement to attend our program. 

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Partnerships

071519 SchoolofArt GF 06We are honored to partner with institutions and nonprofit organizations to encourage students and emerging artists to apply to the Chautauqua School of Art residency program and to make our programs part of their professional development plan. Many have special programs which provide financial and other support.

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Cost & General Information

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The School of Art residency program is an incubator of inclusive, intergenerational and expansive programming in the visual arts. Find cost and information on funding here. 

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Facilities

IMG 9220Each student of the Chautauqua School of Art receives his or her own partitioned studio space with 24-hour access. They also have 24-hour access to facilities supporting most media including digital media, silkscreen, printmaking, ceramics as well as the vast grounds of the School of Art. 

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Housing and Life at Chautauqua

072619 SchoolofArt GF 05School of Art students and emerging artists live in shared housing side-by-side with other students and emerging professionals studying music, voice and dance — all forming relationships that last a lifetime. We also have suggestions of other sources of housing if you wish to reside off the grounds. 

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VACI Galleries and Exhibitions

06242019 ReconstructingIdentitiesExhibition MS 02Exhibitions, openings and special events take place throughout the summer season. Every Friday afternoon, the public is welcome to sit in on Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel's workshop to listen, participate and learn from lively exchanges from the Chautauqua School of Art students and emerging artists and we always offer tours of our exhibitions from our most knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. All are welcome!

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History of VACI

071719 SchoolofArt GF 05Become part of a rich and celebrated visual arts tradition.

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VACI Partners

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VACI Partners is a group of members who promote awareness, education, appreciation and excellence in the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI). They host lively events such as Art in the Park, gatherings with the Chautauqua School of Art students/participants and a theme-based members show. Join us and become a member today!

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Visual Arts Lecture Series

IMG 8630VACI is delighted to present luminaries from the art world and beyond who will share their work and current projects in the Hultquist Center at Chautauqua. All are welcome to attend, to gain close access to thought leaders, to ask questions and participate. Join us for this lecture series which is open to all on Tuesday and Sunday evenings!

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Alumni

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Take a look at VACI alumni

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2019 Internal Calendar

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A schedule for the 2019 VACI season. Select events open to the public. Stayed tuned for our 2020 calendar!

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