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.

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Galleries

From the Galleries Director

judy barieJudy Barie
Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries
judy@judybarie.com

 

 

Dear Visual Arts Enthusiasts:

I would like to invite everyone to visit the VACI Galleries and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden in 2020. Sharon Louden and I have been working together to create exciting exhibitions, programs, and events for the upcoming 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 in the country. 

We open the season with TENACITY, an exhibition in the Gallo Family Gallery in Strohl Art Center, highlighting seven female artists who have had varied successful careers in the Visual Arts. This show, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement, will be on display the entire season.

In the main gallery space of Strohl Art Center, my Assistant Director, Erika Diamond, will curate an exhibition entitled Counterbalance, which will also feature female artists who work in wood and fiber. Furthermore, I am very excited to announce that we will have a second exhibition of Julie Blackmon’s photographs in the Bellowe Family Gallery. For those of you who enjoyed her work four years ago, you will now have the opportunity to see a new series of gorgeous, thought-provoking photographs, which she has created of midwestern, family life.

Pour Spill Drip Stain will feature colorful abstractions in Strohl Art Center, while Fowler- Kellogg Art Center will open with Wallpaper Diaries, an exhibition showring patterned works. Again this summer, we will exhibit one piece by each of the emerging students and artists from the Chautauqua School of Art in a season-long exhibition on the second floor of Fowler- Kellogg. I know that you will concur when I say that I can’t wait to see the work these talented artists will bring to Chautauqua. 

Finally, our season will end with All the Places We Have Never Been, a themed exhibition on the first floor of Fowler-Kellogg, submitted by our VACI Exhibiting Members. 

The galleries will host our annual fundraiser, Stroll Through the Arts, on Friday, July 31, and Art in the Park will be held in Miller Park on July 5 and August 2. The Gallery Store, under the leadership of Lynn LeFauve, will have several new craftsmen specializing in jewelry, fiber, clay and glass.

Please consider becoming a Member of VACI Partners before the season begins to help support the visual arts at Chautauqua. Visit 2020 VACI Galleries Exhibitions for the latest updates.

I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in the galleries this summer. 

Warmly,

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