Every summer, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) presents nine exhibitions in the galleries of the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, as well as the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. These diverse spaces allow VACI to host a variety of contemporary shows from nationally recognized artists. The focus in our galleries is on contemporary work in a wide range of media and sensibilities.



From the Galleries Director

judy barieJudy Barie
Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries


Dear Visual Arts Enthusiasts:

I would like to invite everyone to visit the VACI Galleries and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden in 2019. With new leadership comes fresh ideas, and our new Artistic Director, Sharon Louden, and I have been working together to create exciting exhibitions, programs, and events for the upcoming season. Not only do we have a new core staff at the School of Art, but we also welcome two contemporary art historians and curators-in-residence. Yasmeen Siddiqui and Alpesh Kantilal Patel will host weekly talks in the galleries, which are free and open to the public.

Our Chautauqua School of Art Student Exhibition will have a new look this summer; it will open the season on the second floor of the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. The students and emerging artists will each exhibit one piece, created pre-season. Once again, over the course of the nine weeks, both Fowler-Kellogg and Strohl Art Centers will stage shows that feature contemporary art by some of the most nationally recognized artists working with paint, paper, canvas, clay, wood, metal, and glass. The Gallery Store, under the leadership of Lynn LeFauve, will have a dazzling look this season with new display units to show off the beautiful merchandise.

Finally, please consider becoming a Member of VACI Partners before the season begins and enjoy a Preview Night to view all the exhibitions in both Art Centers and The Gallery Store on Saturday, June 22 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. This event, replete with food and drink, will be held for Members Only before we open to the public on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in the galleries this summer. Visit the 2019 VACI Galleries Exhibitions page for the latest updates.

Warmest wishes,

Judy Barie
Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries

The Gallery Store

The Gallery Store is a museum-quality gift shop located in Strohl Art Center. Approximately 60 artists and craftsmen from around the country are represented. The store offers unique handcrafted jewelry, fiber, wood, glass, metal and ceramic items for all to collect and enjoy