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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VACI Galleries Exhibitions

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 nine 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.

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Galleries

From the Galleries Director

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

 

 

Dear Visual Arts Enthusiasts:

I would like to invite everyone to visit the VACI Galleries and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden in 2020. Sharon Louden and I have been working together to create exciting exhibitions, programs, and events for the upcoming season. Once again, over the course of the nine weeks, both Fowler-Kellogg and Strohl Art Centers will stage shows that feature contemporary art by some of the most nationally recognized artists in the country. 

We open the season with TENACITY, an exhibition in the Gallo Family Gallery in Strohl Art Center, highlighting seven female artists who have had varied successful careers in the Visual Arts. This show, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement, will be on display the entire season.

In the main gallery space of Strohl Art Center, my Assistant Director, Erika Diamond, will curate an exhibition entitled Counterbalance, which will also feature female artists who work in wood and fiber. Furthermore, I am very excited to announce that we will have a second exhibition of Julie Blackmon’s photographs in the Bellowe Family Gallery. For those of you who enjoyed her work four years ago, you will now have the opportunity to see a new series of gorgeous, thought-provoking photographs, which she has created of midwestern, family life.

Pour Spill Drip Stain will feature colorful abstractions in Strohl Art Center, while Fowler- Kellogg Art Center will open with Wallpaper Diaries, an exhibition showring patterned works. Again this summer, we will exhibit one piece by each of the emerging students and artists from the Chautauqua School of Art in a season-long exhibition on the second floor of Fowler- Kellogg. I know that you will concur when I say that I can’t wait to see the work these talented artists will bring to Chautauqua. 

Finally, our season will end with All the Places We Have Never Been, a themed exhibition on the first floor of Fowler-Kellogg, submitted by our VACI Exhibiting Members. 

The galleries will host our annual fundraiser, Stroll Through the Arts, on Friday, July 31, and Art in the Park will be held in Miller Park on July 5 and August 2. The Gallery Store, under the leadership of Lynn LeFauve, will have several new craftsmen specializing in jewelry, fiber, clay and glass.

Please consider becoming a Member of VACI Partners before the season begins to help support the visual arts at Chautauqua. Visit 2020 VACI Galleries Exhibitions for the latest updates.

I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in the galleries this summer. 

Warmly,

Judy Barie
Susan and John Turben Director of VACI GAlleries


The Gallery Store

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

 

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. 

 
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