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 by historically renowned artist Charles Burchfield in cooperation with the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. 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 22 with several gallery openings from 3 - 5 p.m., including the 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.  Internationally renowned critic Jerry Saltz is the juror for this show, which takes place during the first half of the session in the museum quality Strohl Art Center.  Since 2006 Saltz has been senior art critic and a columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, Saltz has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times.  He and Roberta Smith, his wife of 30 years, have been described as a power couple who "shape the New York art conversation, providing competing and compelling points of view in the world’s art capital."

VACI looks forward to presenting these, and many other outstanding exhibitions this summer.

Download Exhibition and Sponsorship forms here

VACI Art in the Park Form

VACI Members Exhibit Form

VACI Exhibition Proposal Form

VACI Sponsorship Form


2014 Exhibitions:

Gallery Exhibitions
July 12, 2014
  • Ceramics Workshop

    Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 10:00am
    Location: School of Art

    A workshop with ceramic artist Mitch Lyons. Lyons will demonstrate his technique of making clay monotypes from a slab of ...

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July 26, 2014
  • Inter-arts Collaboration: Go West!

    Saturday, July 26, 2014 | 08:15pm
    Location: Amphitheater

    Inter-arts Collaboration: Go West! Andrew Borba, directorTimothy Muffitt, guest conductor   Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Music School Festival Orchestra Chautauqua Theater Company Charlotte Ballet & Chautauqua Dance Chautauqua Opera Chautauqua Voice Program Faculty, ...

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August 02, 2014
  • Stroll Through the Arts

    Saturday, August 02, 2014 | 05:00pm
    Location: Strohl Art Center

    5:00(5-8)  Sponsored by VACI Partners. Tour Chautauqua’s visual arts complex, including the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden, Strohl Art Center and ...

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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
8:30 a.m. - noon
and 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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


1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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