Applying to VACI School of Art

Applications to the VACI School of Art program will be accepted beginning on December 1, 2018. Eligibility is limited to students and emerging artists who are juniors in college and older, with an emphasis on artists whose work has not yet been recognized internationally. Up to 38 students and/or emerging artist positions are available. The entire Core Faculty and Artistic Director as a group will select students and emerging artists who will enter into this program.

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 applies will receive a response and feedback from their application no matter if their application is accepted or not.
  • 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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Deadline for completed applications is March 1, 2019

All applicants will be notified on or before April 15, 2019   
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For 38 students and emerging artists 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 Curators Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, this will be the first introduction of accepted applicants’ work to the Chautauqua community.



We are open and excited to work with many mission-aligned nonprofit organizations, universities and schools to bring students and emerging artists to the School of Art. Our focus is on sharing resources and finding ways to offer opportunities to students and faculty worldwide.  For more information, visit our Partnerships page.

Contact Us

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