About VACI & the Galleries

0801 VACIGallery RLG01masterThumbEvery summer, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) presents 10 exhibitions in the galleries of the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, as well as the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. 

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galleriesThumbExhibitions, openings and special events take place throughout the summer season.

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Chautauqua School of Art

 62A1605The Chautauqua School of Art, serving students and emerging artists, is an incubator of inclusive and expansive programming in the visual arts composed of classes, workshops and one-on-one time with mentors covering all media.

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VACI Partners

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VACI Gallery Field Trips

06182018 KidsGallery BCH 6Chautauqua Institution invites area schoolchildren Grades 4 and up to join us on the grounds at the end of June to learn about and explore our visual arts galleries.

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Every summer, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) presents 10 exhibitions in the galleries of the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, as well as the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. These diverse spaces allow VACI to host a variety of contemporary shows from nationally recognized artists. The focus in our galleries is on contemporary work in a wide range of media and sensibilities.


Exhibition & Sponsorship Forms

Exhibition and Sponsorship Forms

2018 VACI Art in the Park Form

2018 VACI Members Exhibition Form

2018 VACI Exhibition Proposal Form

2018 VACI Sponsorship Form

VACI Partners Membership

VACI Partners is a membership-driven organization committed to the creative vitality of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Members are crucial to our success! Take advantage of our benefits so we can thank you for your support.

  • Members only tour of the Chautauqua School of Art Student Exhibition with gallery docent Barbi Price.

  • Art Movie Night – featuring "Wasteland" – Free to members!

  • Exhibition privileges in the annual VACI Partners Open Member’s Exhibition

  • Regular members get a 10% discount in the Gallery Store at the Strohl Arts Center on Wednesdays.

  • VACI Plus Individual and VACI Plus Couple members get a 10% discount everyday in the Gallery Store at the Strohl Art Center.

  • Invited to attend the Closing Reception for the Galleries.

  • Free subscription to our VACI Partners on-line newsletter.

2018 VACI Partners Membership Form


Simply fill out the 2018 membership form and bring it to the Strohl Art Center with your payment during the 2018 season, or mail it to VACI Partners, PO Box 254, Chautauqua, NY 14722. Your membership card and Benefit Gala tickets will be available for pickup at the Strohl Art Center. 


The Chautauqua Dance program, formed by artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, includes performances by the Charlotte Ballet in residence and the renowned School of Dance.


Chautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet. The Charlotte Ballet presents four performances in CHQ’s Amphitheater during its eight-week season, with an average of 10 world premieres by guest and resident choreographers. Preview performances in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, where the company and school study and rehearse daily, have also become anticipated events for CHQ fans. 

School of Dance

The School of Dance provides a select group of students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. Students work regularly with choreographers Mark Diamond, Bonnefoux, Maris Battaglia and Michael Vernon. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride, they also present ballets by Balanchine and Petipa. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater. The School of Dance also provides instruction for CHQ vacationers of all ages. Classes include ballet, modern dance and creative movement. Please see the Special Studies catalog or contact us.

Charlotte Ballet in Residence 

CharlotteBallet-webThe Charlotte Ballet’s mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. NC Dance Theatre has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training. 

Founded in 1970, Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. Today, the organization enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.

Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux andPatricia McBride, former New York City Ballet stars, Dance Theatre has attracted superb dancers and built a versatile and diverse repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works.


Chautauqua Dance Circle

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The Chautauqua Dance Circle (CDC) is a supportive, enthusiastic link between the Chautauqua Dance Program and the CHQ community. We provide scholarship money to attract the most promising ballet students to CHQ’s Summer Dance program. Our Monday afternoon programs and pre-performance lectures will increase your appreciation of ballet, and enhance your enjoyment of the Charlotte Ballet (NCDT) in Residence performances. 

Chautauqua Dance Circle Brochure

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