Chautauqua Institution

  •  Strohl Art Center

    Strohl Art Center

  • Main Gallery in Strohl Art Center

    Main Gallery in Strohl Art Center

  •  Fowler-Kellogg Art Center Galleries

    Fowler-Kellogg Art Center Galleries

  •  Animal Craft exhibition in the Jim and Mimi Gallo Gallery, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

    Animal Craft exhibition in the Jim and Mimi Gallo Gallery, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

  • Strohl Art Center Galleries at night

    Strohl Art Center Galleries at night

  •  Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

    Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

  • Rich Family Gallery in Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

    Rich Family Gallery in Fowler-Kellogg Art Center

  • Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden

    Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden


Every summer, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) presents 11 exhibitions in the newly renovated Strohl Art Center, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center and the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. These diverse spaces allow VACI to host a variety of contemporary shows from nationally recognized artists. VACI strives to exhibit a balance of two- and three-dimensional works, specifically curated for its gallery spaces. The focus in our galleries is on contemporary work in a wide range of media and sensibilities.

This summer, VACI is proud to present an exhibition of works related to the theme of "Politics and Art" including works by such historically renowned artists as Francesco Goya, Robert Rauschenberg and Ferdinando Botero in cooperation with the American University Museum at the Katzen Center for the Arts in Washington, DC. There will also be exhibitions of works by contemporary artists as well as surveys of national and regional art, and the highly popular Annual School of Art Student Exhibition. The season begins on Sunday, June 28th with several gallery openings from 3 - 5 p.m., including the 58th version of the historic Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

This year's exhibition is selected by Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine. Vartanian's work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on many national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions. Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. Its coverage of art and its discontents has been cited in outlets ranging from The New York Times, TheWashington Post, The Guardian, and The Atlantic to The New Yorker, The Nation, and countless others.

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VACI Leadership

Artistic Director
Don Kimes

Managing Director
Lois Jubeck

Galleries Director
Judy Barie

School of Art: 716.357.6301
Galleries: 716.357.6460
Gallery Store: 716.357.2771
Off-season: 716.357.6217
Fax: 716.357.9014

Coordinator of Student Services
Sarah Malinoski-Umberger
Fax: 716.357.9014


School of Art
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and 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Galleries and Gallery Store
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Chautauqua Institution
P.O. Box 1098
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Madness of Art episode

For a humorous look at art school, check out Chelsea Gallery Dealer Jim Kempner's Madness of Art episode, when Jim tries to go to art school.

The Madness of Art, Season 4, Episode 1: Jim Goes to Chautauqua