subject to change, updated 7/15/19

VACI office hours: 8:45 a.m.–Noon; 1–5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Student/Emerging Artists and Faculty Studio Hours: Accessible 24-hours to students/emerging artists and faculty; accessible to public on Saturdays from 2–5 p.m. (see below).

Printshop, Ceramics Studio, Digital Media Lab and Life Drawing room hours: Accessible 24-hours to students/emerging artists; accessible to VACI members and public who are signed up for Special Studies classes and VACI workshops.

Core faculty in residence:

Hrag Vartanian: June 29–August 3 and Zoom/remotely after
Yasmeen Siddiqui: June 22–August 10
Alpesh Kantilal Patel: June 22–August 10
Hasan Elahi: June 22–July 6, July 21–August 3 and Zoom/remotely in-between
Wendy Red Star: July 7–13, July 21–27, and Zoom/remotely in-between
Jean Shin: June 29–July 6 and Zoom/remotely after
Tia-Simone Gardner: July 14–27 and Zoom/remotely after
Raheleh Filsoofi: June 22–August 10

Core faculty schedule of classes for VACI Students & Emerging Artists:

Hrag Vartanian: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30–3 p.m.
Yasmeen Siddiqui & Alpesh Kantilal Patel: Wednesdays & Fridays, 2–5 p.m. (Fridays in the Galleries)
Hasan Elahi: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3–5 p.m.
Wendy Red Star: Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 a.m.–Noon
Jean Shin: Tuesday & Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon
Tia-Simone Gardner: Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 a.m.–Noon
Raheleh Filsoofi:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m.–Noon, Monday–Friday evenings for ceramics and all VACI students to use ceramics facilities

One-on-one sessions with core faculty, special studies faculty and visiting artists: Availability and sign-up sheets posted weekly, open to VACI students/emerging artists, faculty and staff only.

Workshops: Printmaking and Drawing workshops listed below. Students/Emerging Artists and VACI members welcome no matter what level of experience and attendance is optional. Special Studies in the Art School can be found here.

VACI Lecture Series: Every Tuesday and Friday evening (except July 26) in the Hultquist building. See the schedule here. All are welcome.

Open Studios: Students/Emerging Artists and Faculty will be opening their studios every Saturday, June 29–August 3 from 2–5 p.m. All are welcome.


Week One: June 22–29

Visitors this week:
June 25–30 Lee Running, Artist, Associate Professor, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
June 24–29 Melissa Potter, Artist, Associate Professor, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hasan Elahi

June 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Registration, basement of Bellinger Hall, WELCOME! J for VACI students/emerging artists only

June 22, 3 p.m. | Tour of Chautauqua’s grounds and architecture with Av Posner, VACI Partner, meet in the Quad; open to Chautauqua School of Art students, emerging artists, faculty and members.

June 23, 10 a.m. | Studio lottery/move-in to studios, meet in the School of Art Quad for VACI students/emerging artists

June 23, 3–5 p.m. | Openings for Small Sculptures: Big Impact / On Common Ground: Works on Paper / Lineages in Bloom: New Works by Daisy Patton, Strohl Art Center

June 24, 10 a.m. | Orientation meeting Part 1: introductions with new students & emerging artists, faculty, staff at VACI in the Quad or Life Drawing room (if it rains) for VACI students and emerging artists only

June 24, 1:30 p.m. | Orientation meeting Part 2 with new students & emerging artists, staff: work-study, wood shop orientation, printshop orientation, ceramics studio orientation, digital media studio (including silkscreen) orientation for VACI students and emerging artists only

June 24, 7 p.m. | Meet with Melissa Potter/Professional Development welcome, in the Quad, VACI students only

June 25, 9 a.m. | Sessions with core-faculty begin!

June 25, 9 a.m. | VACI Artistic Director, Gallery Director, VACI Staff and Faculty meet with VACI Partners/Members in a private meeting. Open to all VACI partners and members; Porch of Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

June 25, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Daisy Patton, Hultquist Center, open to all

June 26, 3–5 p.m. |  Openings for Reconstructing Identities / 2019 Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artists Exhibition, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

June 27, 4:45 p.m. |  VACI Partners meet and greet, “Friend a VACI student/emerging artist” dinner, in the Quad, VACI students/emerging artists and all VACI members

June 28, 9–12 a.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

June 28, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

June 28, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

June 28, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hultquist Center, open to all

June 29, 9–11:30 a.m. | Workshop: Collagraph with VACI Faculty Bonnie Ashmore and Sam Peck, Printmaking Studio, Members & VACI students only, $30 fee

June 29, 2–5 p.m. |  Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all


Week Two: June 30–July 6

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hasan Elahi, Hrag Vartanian, Jean Shin

June 30, 2–5 p.m. | Closing Reception, LGBTQ Regional Juried Art Exhibit, curated by Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian, Erie Art Gallery, 24 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA, open to all

July 1, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

July 1, 10 p.m. | Arts Quad Mixer, participants in the Opera, Theater and Visual Arts program will gather for an evening meet and greet

July 2, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Jean Shin, Artist, faculty member at Pratt Institute and board member of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Hultquist Center, open to all

July 5, 2 p.m. | Book signing, "Productive failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (Rethinking Arts Histories MUP)" by Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Core Faculty, Porch of Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

July 5, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

July 5, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Samuel Peck and Bonnie Ashmore, Artists and faculty in Young Artists at Chautauqua, Hultquist Center, open to all

July 6, 9–11:30 a.m. | Workshop: Monoprint with VACI Faculty Bonnie Ashmore and Sam Peck, Printmaking Studio, Members & VACI students only, $30 fee

July 6, 2–5 p.m. | Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all


Week Three: July 7–13

Visitors this week:
July 8 Cathleen Chaffee, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
July 8 Kate Werble, Owner and Director, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hrag Vartanian, Wendy Red Star

July 7, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Art in the Park, Miller Park

July 8, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

July 9, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Hyperallergic, open to all

July 10, 3 p.m. | Field trip to Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca, NY

July 11, 7:30–9 p.m. | Core faculty member Hrag Vartanian in Conversation with artist Shary Boyle, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7 Canada

July 12, 9 a.m.–Noon | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 12, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 12, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

July 12, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Wendy Red Star, Native American contemporary multimedia artist, open to all

July 13, 2–5 p.m. | Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all


Week Four: July 14–20

Visitors this week:
July 17–21 Nicole Drake Crawford, Chief Curator, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
July 15–18 Jane South, Artist & Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute and Judit Torok, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Core Faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hasan Elahi, Hrag Vartanian, Tia-Simone Gardner

July 15, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

July 15, 8:30 p.m. | Arts Quad Mixer, participants in the Opera, Theater and Visual Arts program will gather for an evening meet and greet

July 16 | Last Day Small Sculptures: Big Impact, Strohl Art Center

July 16, 5 p.m. | Lecture: “Becoming a Collector” by Judy Barie, Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries, Strohl Art Center, Members Only

July 16, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Tia-Simone Gardner, Interdisciplinary artist and Black feminist scholar, open to all

July 17, 7 p.m. | Experimental Drawing workshop with Paul Hauth, Life Drawing Room, open to VACI students/emerging artists and VACI members

July 19, 9 a.m.–Noon | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 19, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 19, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

July 19, 3–5 p.m. | Opening Getting Real, Strohl Art Center

July 19, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Kimia Ferdowsi-Kline, Artist and Art Curator of the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, open to all

July 20, 9–11:30 a.m. | Workshop: Linocut with VACI Faculty Bonnie Ashmore and Sam Peck, Printmaking Studio, Members & VACI students only, $30 fee

July 20, 2–5 p.m. | Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all


Week Five: July 21–July 27

Visitors this week:
July 23–26 Michael Dickins, Artist & Gallery Director, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
July 23–26 Kate Krier, Assistant Dean for the Arts, Director of Production, Yale University, New Haven, CT
July 24–26 Maureen Buri, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Fine Arts Initiatives, Division of Experienced-Based Learning and Career Education
July 27 Jill Snyder, Executive Director, MoCA Cleveland

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hasan Elahi, Hrag Vartanian, Tia-Simone Gardner, Hasan Elahi, Wendy Red Star

In the Cinema: July 24 & 25 Special film program curated by Hrag Vartanian with Q&A session after each film (see below).

July 21, 2–3 p.m. | Time-management workshop with Zac Thompson, in the Big Drawing Room, VACI, VACI Emerging Artists only

July 22 | Last Day Lineages in Bloom: New Works by Daisy Patton, Strohl Art Center

July 22, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

July 22, 1–5 p.m. | VACI Trunk Show: showing the works of Chautauqua School of Art and VACI Staff, Porch of Strohl Art Center

July 23, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Joe Stahlman, Director of the Seneca-Iroquois Museum, open to all

July 24, 5:30 p.m. | with Q&A following: Hrag Vartanian curated film program, "Camera Person," Chautauqua Cinema, open to all

July 25, 3–5 p.m. | Opening  Flora / Fauna, Strohl Art Center

July 25, 6 p.m. | with Q&A following: Hrag Vartanian curated film program, "Wild Relatives," Chautauqua Cinema, open to all

July 26, 9 a.m.–Noon | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 26, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

July 26, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

July 26, 5:30–8 p.m. | Stroll Though the Arts, Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center 

July 27, 10:30 a.m.–Noon | Group visit with Jill Snyder, Executive Director, MoCA Cleveland, VACI students/emerging artists only

July 27, 2–5 p.m. | Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all

July 27, 8–10 p.m. | "Genesis: First VACI Drag Show," curated by VACI Emerging Artists Zac Thompson and Jungmok Yi, VACI Quad, open to all, $10 suggested donation for entry


Week Six: July 28–August 3

Visitors this week: July 28 Jill Snyder, Executive Director, MoCA Cleveland

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Hasan Elahi, Hrag Vartanian

July 28, 12–1 p.m. | VACI Partners hour with Jill Snyder, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Lenna Hall, Members only

July 28, 1– 2 p.m. | The Leon and Gloria Plevin Family Museum Director Lecture: Jill Snyder, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Lenna Hall, open to all

July 28, 3 p.m. | Book signing: Gloria Plevin, artist, collector, former student at the Chautauqua School of Art shares her new book highlighting her art and history as an artist, Chautauqua Book Store, open to all

July 28 |Last Day, 2019 Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artists Exhibition, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center 

July 29 | Last Day, Reconstructing Identities, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

July 29, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

July 29, 6–8 p.m. | Teaching Workshop with Sam Peck, large drawing room, open to all VACI students.

July 30, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Raheleh Filsoofi, Interdisciplinary artist and faculty member at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

August 1, 6–8 p.m. | Printmaking Workshop: Etching, with Bonnie Ashmore and Sam Peck, open to all VACI Students, Faculty, and Staff, Printmaking Studio. 

August 2, 9 a.m.–Noon | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

August 2, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

August 2, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

August 2, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Hasan Elahi, Artist, Director of the School of Art at George Mason University and board member of Creative Capital, Hultquist, open to all

August 1, 3–5 p.m. | Opening: Patterns and Repetitions: New Abstract Works by VACI Members *** 2–3 p.m. Members Viewing Only

August 3, 2–5 p.m. | Last Open Studios, VACI Quad, open to all


Week Seven: August 4–10

Visiting this week: 
August 4–6 Melissa Potter, Artist, Faculty at Columbia College, Chicago, IL
August 6–10 Ruby Lernerfounding Executive Director of Creative Capital, advisory board member of New INC at the New Museum and Eyebeam, and board trustee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
August 7 & 8 Jen Dalton, Artist and Brett Wallace, Artist, Brooklyn, NY

Core faculty at VACI this week: Raheleh Filsoofi, Yasmeen Siddiqui, Alpesh Kantilal Patel

August 4, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Art in the Park, Miller Park

August 5, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art

August 6, Noon | Dance Performance in the galleries at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center 

August 6, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Chautauqua School of Art Student and Emerging Artists Presentations, Hultquist, open to all

August 7, 10–11:30 a.m. | Professional Development: on Labor. Morning presentation with Jen Dalton & Brett Wallace, meet in the Quad; open to Chq School of Art students & emerging artists, open VACI students/emerging artists and VACI Members

August 7, Noon | Dance Performance in the galleries at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

August 7, 1:30–4 p.m. | Professional Development: on Labor. Afternoon workshop with Jen Dalton & Brett Wallace, meet in the Quad; open to Chq School of Art students & emerging artists

August 8, 10–11:30 a.m. | Optional one-on-one sessions with Jen Dalton & Brett Wallace, VACI students/emerging artists only

August 8, 1:30–4 p.m. | Optional one-on-one sessions with Jen Dalton & Brett Wallace, VACI students/emerging artists only

August 9, 9 a.m.–Noon | Professional Development: workshop with Sharon Louden, Life Drawing Room, Open to all

August 9, 9 a.m.–Noon | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

August 9, 1:30–4:30 p.m. | RAKU FIRING, open to Special Studies Ceramics students and VACI Students/Emerging Artists, Ceramics Studios

August 9, 2–5 p.m. | Gallery talk and open class: Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel, VACI Galleries, open to all

August 9, 7–8 p.m. | VACI Lecture Series: Chautauqua School of Art Student and Emerging Artists Presentations, Hultquist, open to all

August 10, morning |VACI students/emerging artists pack and exit VACI! L We would love for VACI Members to assist! We will all miss the VACI students & emerging artists, looking forward to your returning again soon!

August 12, 9:30 a.m. | VACI Staff Meeting, VACI Conference Room, Chautauqua School of Art


Follow-up:

September 10ish |  VACI students/emerging artists follow-up call with Av Posner, Sharon Louden via Zoom!

Any questions & for more information, please contact:
Sharon Louden
Sydelle Sonkin and Herb Siegel Artistic Director of the Visual Arts
art@chq.org