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: 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, […]

CVA Lecture Series: Kevin Umaña, School of Art Faculty

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

"Materiality and Abstraction" Kevin Umaña was born in 1989 and grew up in El Salvador and Los Angeles. He received a BFA from San Francisco State University in 2014. Umaña is the co-founder of The Ekru Project, an artist-run Kansas City gallery focused on contemporary, emerging, and underrepresented artists. In 2017, he created a permanent installation at […]

CVA Lecture Series: Alex Callender, School of Art Faculty

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

"Disentangling the Interwoven Relations of Race, Gender, and Capitalism" Alex Callender works in drawing, painting, and installation to trace and remap historical materials as a means to explore with both criticality and care, how we disentangle the interwoven relations of race, gender, and capitalism. Drawing largely from archival sources her work engages with mythic and […]

CVA Lecture Series: Sachiko Akiyama, School of Art Faculty

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

"Carving the Figure" Sachiko Akiyama received her MFA in sculpture at Boston University and continued her studies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Akiyama lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. Her proximity to the ocean, woods, and wildlife has deepened her connections to the natural themes prevalent in her work.  Akiyama has had recent solo […]

CVA Lecture Series: Susan Lichtman, School of Art Faculty

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

"Painting the Figure and Light" Susan Lichtman is a figurative painter of domestic spaces, working out of her home studio in southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from Brown University and received an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art. Lichtman has had solo exhibitions at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, (NY, NY); Fahrenheit Gallery […]

CVA Lecture Series: Stephanie Pierce, School of Art Faculty

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

"Observing Time in Painting" Stephanie Pierce’s paintings explore relationships between light, time, and perception as it is reconsidered over time. Her work has been exhibited at The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; The Staten Island Museum, NY; and Asheville Art Museum, NC. Her work is represented by Jupiter Contemporary in Miami, Alpha Gallery in Boston, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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