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

CVA Lecture Series: Elizabeth Mooney, School of Art Faculty

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

"Exploring the Concept of Place" Elizabeth Mooney is a visual artist that explores the construct of landscape through painting, printmaking, and kinetic sculpture. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts, and her BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Elizabeth was a Visual Artist Fellow at the Provincetown Fine […]

“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 […]

“In the Garden” Gallery Talk with exhibiting artists Hillary Waters Fayle, Brian Fleetwood, and Margaret Jacobs

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

Join us in the Main gallery at Strohl Art Center for a discussion with "In the Garden" exhibiting artists Hillary Waters Fayle, Brian Fleetwood, and Margaret Jacobs, moderated by curator Erika Diamond. This program is generously sponsored by the Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation. Hillary Waters Fayle is an artist and Assistant Professor, directing the fiber […]

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. Participants will each make a brooch that is designed to help them contribute to local ecosystems. 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 […]

CVA Lecture Series: Cosmo Whyte, School of Art Faculty

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

"Disruptions of Identity by Migration" Cosmo Whyte (b.) 1982, Jamaica, attended Bennington College in Vermont for his BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art for his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and the University of Michigan for his MFA. Whyte has exhibited his works in the United States, Jamaica, Norway, England, France, and South Africa. His most recent exhibitions of […]

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 […]

CVA Open Studios

School of Art Quad

We are excited to invite you to CVA Open Studios, occurring prior to the annual Resident Group Exhibition. Celebrate the work our resident artists have created during their time at Chautauqua Visual Arts. This event is free and open to the public. 

Resident Group Exhibition

CVA School of Art Gallery, located at the School of Art Quad 19 Prospect Ave, CHAUTAUQUA, New York

CVA is honored to share our annual Resident Group Exhibition. Please join us to celebrate our 6-week resident artists at the CVA School of Art Gallery on the Art Quad. Join us to see the work our residents have created during their time at Chautauqua Visual Arts. This event is free and open to the […]

“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: Erika b Hess, Artistic Director of CVA

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

"Traversing Painting and Creating Community in the Arts" Erika b Hess is a painter, host of the popular art podcast- I Like Your Work, and Artistic Director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.  Hess’s work has been exhibited nationally with recent exhibitions in L.A., Philadelphia, and Columbus, OH. Hess's work has been featured in various […]

CVA Lecture Series: Jessica Pinsky

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

Jessica Pinsky grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA from New York University in 2006 and an MFA from Boston University in 2009. Her artwork bridges painting, weaving and sculpture and she is represented by Hedge Gallery in Cleveland, OH.  In 2012, she worked closely with Cleveland […]

CVA Open Studios

School of Art Quad

We are excited to invite you to CVA Open Studios, occurring prior to the Resident Group Exhibition opening. Celebrate the work our resident artists have created during their time at Chautauqua Visual Arts as they display work in their studios. This event is free and open to the public. 

Resident Group Exhibition

CVA School of Art Gallery, located at the School of Art Quad 19 Prospect Ave, CHAUTAUQUA, New York

We are excited to invite you to celebrate our 2-week resident artists at the Resident Group Exhibition! Join us to see the work our residents have created during their time at Chautauqua Visual Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

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