The 61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Location Fowler-Kellogg Art Center / Second Floor Galleries

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June 24–July 17 / Opening Reception Sunday, June 24 /  3–5 p.m.
Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center Galleries

The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country. For our 61st year, approximately 25 works from contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and ceramicists will be selected by a guest juror that will highlight the diversity and commonality of the selected artists.

This year Don Kimes, VACI’s Artistic Director in the Visual Arts, is pleased to announce that the historical Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art will be selected by artist, educator, advocate for artists, and Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series editor Sharon Louden.

The opening celebration will take place on Sunday, June 24 from 3–5 p.m. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this landmark event.

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 61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art will be selected by artist/artist’s advocate/author/editor Sharon Louden. Louden’s books include Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Her third book in the series, Last Artist Standing: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, will be published in 2020. She will also be a Senior Editor of a series of 10 books released over 10 years beginning in 2020, several of which include Academia in the Arts; Artist as Activist; Writing; Art History; Curating; and Collaborations.

Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. As an artist her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, The National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Her work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, and ARTnews

Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. Sharon is a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation as well a contributer to various organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a member of the Artist Advisory boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Carolyn Glasoe Baily Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

Sharon is a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art.

Important Dates:

  • April 15, 2018, Deadline for submission, apply here
  • May 15, 2018, Notifications emailed to artists
  • Between June4 - 8, 2018, Accepted Artwork must be shipped to: Colonnade Building, 61st Chautauqua Annual, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 via FedEx or UPS.
  • June 24, 2018, Opening of exhibition, 3-5 p.m., Fowler-Kellogg Art Center
  • July 17, 2018, 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 note that the entry fee covers the cost for Slide Room and costs for the juror’s time, as well as transportation for the juror to attend the opening. The total cost for presenting the exhibition is considerably higher than the fees generated through the entry fee.

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, 61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition, 1 Ames Avenue, Chautauqua N.Y., 14722 between June 4 and June 8.

Accepted Checklist

  • No glass in framed pieces
  • Packed in reusable package
  • No peanuts, no shredded paper
  • Include 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.