The 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: 60 Works Celebrating 60 Years

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Location Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

Gate pass required.

June 25–July 18  / Opening Reception Sunday, June 25 /  3–5 p.m.

This year VACI’s leadership team of Don Kimes, Lois Jubeck and Judy Barie will kick off the season with a substantially expanded version of the historical Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art. They will select 60 works — one for each year of the Annual's existence. This will be the largest version of the exhibition ever presented, filling all four galleries of the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. The opening celebration will take place on Sunday, June 25th from 3:00–5:00 p.m. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this landmark event.

Location: Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery / Leon and Gloria Plevin Gallery / Jim and Mimi Gallo Gallery / Robert and Joan Rich Gallery

Call for Entries

The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country.

All artists. All media. This year's 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art is a substantially expanded show including 60 works selected by co-jurors Don Kimes, Lois Jubeck and Judy Barie.  A Scholar in Residence in the Art and Philosophy seminar at the American Academy in Rome, former Program Director at the NY Studio School, and Director of Studio Art at American University, Kimes has curated several dozen major exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally over four decades.  Represented by Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, his work has been included in over 140 exhibitions internationally.  As Managing Director of VACI Lois Jubeck has played an instrumental role in building Chautauqua’s art programs.  She has also curated many exhibitions there and in New York, Pittsburgh and Florida over three decades.  Over the past 30 years Judy Barie has shown extensively in solo exhibitions across the country and has won numerous awards. She divides her time between in Pittsburgh and Chautauqua, where she serves as the Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries, curating numerous exhibitions every year.


Important Dates:

  • April 1, 2017, Deadline for submission, apply here
  • May 8, 2017, Notifications emailed to artists
  • Between June 5 - 9, 2017, Artwork shipped to Colonnade Building, 60th Chautauqua Annual, 
  • 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 via FedEx or UPS.
  • June 25, 2017, Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Strohl Art Center
  • July 18, 2017, Last day of the exhibition. Artwork is shipped and returned to the artist after this date.


Open to all artists, accepting all mediums completed in the last three years. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.


Image and Entry Form Submission

Please apply online using our Slide Room Portal.
Images should be saved in .jpg format at 72 dpi.


Work Specification

Work should be framed and ready for hanging. Framed works must be covered by plexi or acrylic: no glass. 2-D works should not exceed 100 pounds. 3-D work should not exceed 200 pounds. Work that does not follow these guidelines may be refused and returned to the artist.


Awards are given to outstanding works in the exhibition, as chosen by the jurors. Awards range from $100-$1,000; a total of $2,500 will be given in awards.


All accepted work must be for sale. VACI will retain 50 percent commission on all sales. The price on the Entry Form will be considered a retail price from which the 50 percent commission will be deducted in the case of sales.


Packing and Shipping
Accepted artists are responsible for the cost of shipping and must pre-pay return shipping. Works must be shipped in REUSABLE packing for return shipping. NO packing peanuts or shredded newspaper. Packing that does not follow these guidelines may be refused and returned to the artist. Ship packages to: Colonnade Building, 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 between June 5 and June 9.


Accepted Checklist

  • No glass in framed pieces
  • Packed in reusable package
  • No peanuts, no shredded paper
  • Return shipping pre-payment


Liability and Agreement
Artwork will be handled with professional care, but VACI cannot be held responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Art will be insured while in the Galleries for the fair market value, indicated on your entry form. Artists must insure their own work during shipping to and from the Galleries. Submitting work to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all of VACI's terms and conditions. Accepted works may not be removed from the exhibition before the exhibition closes. VACI has the right to photograph any accepted work for purposes of publicity.