Week Five :: July 20–26

The Life of the Spoken Word

As consumers, creators and critics, we are experiencing a renaissance of the spoken word. We join together the history and modernity of compelling oratory to explore broader themes of social and intergenerational connectedness and the ways that our speech, our stories, bring us together.

  • The week begins with “This American Life” host and storyteller extraordinaire Ira Glass, in a Saturday evening Amphitheater special.
  • From political rhetoric and civil discourse, to the arts of theater and poetry, to podcasts and stories told around the campfire, what is the power of the spoken word?
  • Throughout the week, as we look to the future of the spoken word, we present ways to use technology to preserve our past, our history, our stories.


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Chautauqua: Rising from the Ashes of the Burned-Over District

We refer often to Chautauqua’s beginnings in 1874 and its history going forward, but little-known is the history that preceded Chautauqua’s founding. The Chautauqua Assembly reflected many movements that had had their genesis in what was called the “Burned-Over District” resulting from the “on fire” religious environment and culture of the early 19th century in Western New York. The Assembly synthesized the religious passion of the age with its own unique contributions to American culture, as did other religious and civic expressions of the region arising out of that epoch. In this week we will revisit that incendiary era, and then meet some other religious and civic entities that have also stood the test of time.

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 |

    Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artists Exhibition

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    June 23–July 28 |  Opening Reception: June 26, 3–5 p.m. | Shows will be open to the public on Sunday, June 23 

    One of our most popular exhibitions of the summer will once again be displayed on the second floor of Fowler– Kellogg Art Center. 

    Location: Fower-Kellogg Art Center


  • Monday, July 29, 2019 |

    Reconstructing Identities

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    June 26–July 30 | Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 26, 3–5 p.m.
    First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

    Curated by Erika Diamond, Assistant Director of VACI Galleries, this exhibition features work by contemporary artists Sonya Clark, April D. Felipe, Roberto Lugo, Jiha Moon and Wendy Red Star. 

    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center


  • Monday, August 19, 2019 |

    On Common Ground: Works on Paper

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    June 23–August 19 | Opening Reception: June 23, 3–5 p.m.

    This exhibition highlights artists who paint, draw and sculpt but also create evocative works on paper or with paper. 

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Gallo Family Gallery


  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 |

    Flora / Fauna

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    July 25–August 20 | Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 3–5 p.m.

    Ceramic art by Steven Bowers, Australia,  Sing–Ying Ho, Jingdezhen and NYC and Paul Scott, UK courtesy of the Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams MA, will be shown together in this two and three–dimensional exhibition.

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery


  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 |

    Getting Real

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    July 19–August 20 |  Opening Reception: Friday, July 19, 3–5 p.m.

    Curated by Judy Barie, the Susan and Jack Turben Director of VACI Galleries, this vibrant exhibition in the Main Gallery of Strohl Art Center, features all work based on realism.

    Location: Strohl Art Center/Main Gallery


  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 |

    Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden

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    June 22 – August 21 

    The Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden hosts six to eight outdoor sculptures each summer created by some of the most recognized artists in the country.

    Location: Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden