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.

Each lecture and discussion occurs every Tuesday evening during our summer season and on the second Tuesday of every month during the rest of the year, from 6:30pm to 8:30pmEST. We welcome everyone to attend online and to participate by asking questions live, in conversation with our guests. All of our talks are free and open to the public and recorded for your viewing pleasure beyond the live lecture.

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 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Derek Fordjour

CHQ Assembly: Virtual Porch

Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1974 to parents of Ghanaian heritage. Fordjour earned his BA at Morehouse College, MA in Art Education at Harvard University and an MFA in Painting at Hunter College. His work has been exhibited at notable institutions nationally and internationally. He received commissions for public projects including a […]

CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Alpesh Kantilal Patel

CHQ Assembly: Virtual Porch

Alpesh Kantilal Patel is a contemporary art historian, critic, and curator based at Florida International University, Miami, where he directed the MFA program in Visual Arts from 2012-2017. “Storytelling and Worldmaking.” Artworks can be part of innumerable contexts: everything from contemporary painting to the history of flamingos. Adapting the popular PechaKucha format of storytelling, participants will […]

CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Erika Wong

CHQ Assembly: Virtual Porch

Dr. Erika Wong is the founder of To Practise_Practice, a digital-discovery platform that gives early-career artists the toolkit they need to survive in the real world of the art industry. Additionally, she is a practicing artist, podcast cohost of Hyde or Practise and lecturer teaching the value of creative thinking to business students at the […]

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