Lecture Series & Events

Chautauqua Visual Arts (CVA) hosts a public lecture series of profound thought leaders in the visual arts from all over the world. We are delighted to present luminaries who will share their current projects and discuss relevant topics of the day.

All of our lectures and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise listed.

Additionally, CVA is meant to be a place where people can visit freely, participate, share and experience a wide variety of master and enrichment classes and workshops through our programming in our physical Arts Quad, the large Drawing Room and our Galleries. There is something for anyone who wants to embrace their creativity, even if they’re simply curious to take a peek and observe those who are professional artists living a creative life. Come join us.

To watch recordings of our past Chautauqua Visual Arts Lecture Series and other events, visit and subscribe to our YouTube playlist.

View Past Events

“Passion for Paper” exhibition opening reception

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

Enjoy this exhibition featuring seven talented artists who work with paper. Working with paper requires a special set of skills and a steady hand as it is known to be unforgiving. Passion for Paper, a thematic exhibition, features seven talented artists that have mastered their techniques and personal styles, resulting in a series of beautiful […]

“Holding Space: Woven Works” exhibition opening reception

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center: 1st Floor

This exhibition is a nuanced exploration into woven structures including jacquard weaving, pulled warp tapestry, and basketry. While distinct in style and perspective, these works collectively address notions of containment, transformation, and connection to place through abstraction. They make space for and carry our stories. Exhibition runs June 23 - August 4, 2024. Curated by […]

“Off the Walls” exhibition opening reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

Off the Walls is an exhibition featuring a dozen contemporary artists who create small sculptures, and are at the peak of their careers, showing nationally and internationally.  As the title implies, all works will be hung from the ceiling or displayed on pedestals. Works in wood, glass, clay, metal, and concrete will be featured. Exhibition […]

“The Art of Robert Villamagna” exhibition opening reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

Robert Villamagna grew up in the Rust Belt in Ohio and started making art as a young child with materials he found in his home. He now passionately works with colorful found materials, especially items that have language, show use and are rusted. These discarded metal items breathe life into his colorful sculptures and two-dimensional […]

CVA Lecture Series: Anina Major, “Holding Space” exhibiting artist

Hultquist Center, Room 101 19 Miller Ave, Chautauqua, New York

Anina Major (she/her) is a visual artist from the Bahamas. Her decision to establish a home contrary to the location in which she was born and raised motivates her to investigate the relationship between self and place as a site of negotiation. By utilizing the vernacular of craft to reclaim experiences and relocate displaced objects, […]

“Simpatico: Works by 2024 School of Art Faculty” exhibition opening reception

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center 2nd floor

Simpatico: characterized by shared attributes or interest, compatible. It is an honor to introduce you to the work of the new Chautauqua School of Art faculty and also paintings by our new Artistic Director, Erika b Hess.  These nationally recognized artists will spend time teaching at the School of Art this summer, as well as […]

CVA Lecture Series: Alex Callender, School of Art Faculty

Hultquist Center, Room 101 19 Miller Ave, Chautauqua, New York

School of Art Faculty Lecture: Alex Callender - Disentangling the Interwoven Relations of Race, Gender, and Capitalism - Professor Smith College, MA 

“Wonder & Awe: Ashley Eliza Williams” exhibition opening reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

Ashley Eliza Williams, born in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia, makes work about interspecies communication and alternative languages found in the natural world. Her work is “driven by a deep sense of wonder and curiosity about the non-human world.” Her paintings and sculptural investigations into the sentience of nature connect with Chautauqua Institution’s […]

CVA Lecture Series: Leon and Gloria Plevin Lecture, Rebecca Ibel

Hultquist Center, Room 101 19 Miller Ave, Chautauqua, New York

Rebecca McCabe Ibel is the owner and director of Contemporary Art Matters. Originally from Columbus, she graduated from The Branson School in Marin County, California. She received her BA in Art History at The American University of Paris. Her career in the arts began at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and worked in Berlin […]

“In the Garden” exhibition opening reception

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

Inspired by what we learn from the garden, this exhibition reflects the complicated histories and often tenuous futures of flowers and food. It also digs at our relationship to them, as those charged with tending the garden. Through media ranging from still life painting to glass pâte de verre, these works tackle diverse subjects such […]

Workshop with jewelry artist Brian Fleetwood

Strohl Art Center (Front Porch)

Drop in on this hands-on jewelry workshop led by CVA exhibiting artist Brian Fleetwood. This workshop is generously sponsored by the Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation in conjunction with the exhibition "In the Garden". Participation in this workshop is free and open to the public. Brian Fleetwood, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, is […]

Party on the Art Quad

School of Art Quad

Following the success of last year's Party on the Art Quad, the Friends of CVA and Chautauqua Visual Arts will once again host our annual ticketed fundraising event in the heart of the CVA Arts Quad. The proceeds benefit CVA School of Art residency program scholarships. This event provides an opportunity to connect with fellow […]

“Nature Inspired: Open CVA Members Exhibition 2024” opening reception

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center: 1st Floor

We are once again happy to host our annual Member exhibition. This year our members will show work that they have created this past year, inspired by nature. As always, there will be watercolors, paintings, sculptures, and more for all to enjoy. Exhibition runs August 7 - 22, 2024.

CVA Lecture Series: Jessica Pinsky

Hultquist Center, Room 101 19 Miller Ave, Chautauqua, New York

Jessica Pinsky - Textile artist and Executive Director of Praxis Fiber Workshop, Cleveland, OH

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