Supporting the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

VACI Partners is a membership organization supporting the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI).  Our mission is to promote awareness, education, appreciation and excellence in the visual arts by supporting the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden, the Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Chautauqua School of Art.  VACI Partners encourages an appreciation for all forms of art making, by both professionals and amateurs.  We hope every artist at Chautauqua is given an opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to their work, to listen and to be challenged.

VACI Partners is managed by a Board of Directors, working closely with Sharon Louden, Sydelle Sonkin and Herb Siegel Artistic Director of the Visual Arts,  and Judy Barie, Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries, and Joshua (Chip) McCall, School of Art Manager.  

Over the course of the summer season, VACI Partners hosts events for its members and for the general public.  These have traditionally included art fairs, lectures, exhibition openings, and fundraising activities. Please join us to take advantage of all that Chautauqua has to offer in the area of visual arts.  



Join Us

Memberships in VACI Partners are a vital funding source and make our programs possible.  We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about our programs to become members of VACI Partners.  We offer several levels of membership (2019 membership pricing to be announced soon).

Basic Membership

The benefits of a Basic membership are

  • Subscription to the weekly VACI Partners online newsletter
  • 10% discount in the Gallery store during exhibit openings
  • An opportunity to enter a work of art in the annual VACI Partners Open Member Exhibition
  • Invitations to attend weekly gallery talks and art lectures given by faculty at the School of Art

Collectors Membership

Collector members of VACI Partners show their commitment to the Visual Arts by making a more significant investment in the community and receive additional benefits as a result.  Beyond benefits of a basic membership, Collectors also receive the following.

  • Private Preview of the Student Art Exhibition, which will open the first weekend of the Chautauqua Season, and the opportunity to purchase student work before the exhibit opens to the general public. Collector Memberships may be purchased at the event.  (2019 Date TBD)
  • Private Preview of the VACI Members Exhibition, and the opportunity to purchase member artwork before the exhibit opens to the general public. (2019 Date TBD)
  • Cultivating Collectors Seminars led by Director of Galleries, Judy Barie, at which Judy will lead a discussion on how to develop your own particular focus of collecting, how to seek out artist for your collection, and how to develop a keener eye for evaluating what appeals to you. (2019 Date TBD)

In addition, in 2019 Collector Members will be invited to attend a meet and greet session with Jill Snyder, Executive Director of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, following her lecture (date TBD).

VACI Partners Angel Membership 

Angel Members make a financial commitment to the Visual Arts that directly supports scholarships for Students in the School of Art.  An Angel Membership covers a quarter scholarship and helps make summer in Chautauqua attainable for students who could otherwise not afford to attend.  Gifts are made directly to the Chautauqua Foundation and receive the tax benefits associated with a charitable donation.  The entirety of the donation is credited to the VACI Partners Don Kimes and Lois Jubeck Scholarship fund, in honor of the 30 plus years Don and Lois devoted to the Art School.

Angel Members will be acknowledged (with their permission) in our weekly newsletter and at our public events, and are invited to a special Angels event that will include a tour of a private art collection on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution.  VACI Partners is exceedingly grateful for the generous gifts made at this level.  

2019 Membership forms will be posted in the spring.