VACI welcomes partnerships with institutions who are aligned with our mission to further the lives of artists. We are currently collaborating with the institutions listed below by exchanging information, sharing resources and cross-marketing our programs. Our similar missions allow us to build opportunities for students and emerging artists all across the country. We are currently inviting more partners into our exciting VACI Experience. If you would like to join us, please contact Artistic Director Sharon Louden:

Partner Schools


Austin Peay
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN


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Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA  


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Fashion Institute of Technology
(FIT), New York, NY


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The Schneider Museum of Art of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR


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Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Partner Programs

While all of our partner schools encourage their students to plan for a summer session VACI experience as part of their professional development plan, many of our partner schools also have established special programs as an additional aspect of their relationship with Chautauqua School of Art.

Austin Peay State University: Two APSU students are fully financially supported to participate in the Chautauqua School of Art seven-week program annually.  See the news release about our exciting partnership.

Cornish College of the Arts offers matching scholarships for one or two of their students to attend Chautauqua School of Art annually.

Pratt Institute: The inaugural Pratt/VACI Fellowship in Pedagogy enables a graduate student to teach a course through the training of Hasan Elahi, VACI Core Faculty in Chautauqua’s School of Art Residency Program.

The University of Cincinnati offers two internships to two ceramic students for the summer to teach Special Studies courses and train as young educators at VACI.