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 on the second Tuesday evening of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST, year round. 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

“Natural Rhythms” Exhibition Opening Reception

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

“Natural Rhythms” Opening Reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. Natural forms, shapes and patterns will abound in this exhibition. Soft and subtle changes, shadows and movements will be featured […]

“Undercurrents” Exhibition Opening Reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

“Undercurrents” exhibition Opening Reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. Water, in its various forms, is captivating, healing, and expansive, but it is also a fundamental need and right for […]

“All that Glitters” Exhibition Opening Reception

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center: 1st Floor

“All that Glitters” exhibition opening reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. This exhibition takes its cue from the aphorism “All that Glitters is not Gold”. The dazzling works in […]

“The Shape of Things to Come” Exhibition Opening Reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

“The Shape of Things to Come” exhibition opening reception June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. This one-person exhibition with works by Jean Alexander Frater experiments with the materials inherent to painting and then […]

Art in the Park

Miller Park

Hosted by the Friends of CVA, Art in the Park is an open art fair with 70+ vendors held in Miller Park, showcasing art by members of the Chautauqua community, […]

CVA Visiting Artists Lecture: Squeak Carnwath

Hall of Christ

Squeak Carnwath draws upon the philosophical and mundane experiences of daily life in her paintings and prints, which can be identified by lush fields of color combined with text, patterns, […]

CVA Visiting Artists Lecture: Jean Alexander Frater

Jean Alexander Frater experiments with the materials inherent to painting and then integrates other histories, traditions and language into this form. Alexander Frater is represented by Engage Projects Gallery in […]

CVA Visiting Artists Lecture: Hakim Bishara

Hall of Christ

Hakim Bishara is an editor and writer for the online art publication Hyperallergic. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn, and a professor at […]

“Wallflowers” Exhibition Opening Reception

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor

“Wallflowers” exhibition opening reception July 24, 3:00-5:00pm.The elegant sculptures of Rain Harris will be featured in this one-person exhibition. They are refined, domesticated, and shaped into formalized landscapes and still […]

CVA Visiting Artists Lecture: Shirley Wegner

Hall of Christ

Shirley Wegner is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on photography. In her work, she explores photography’s dialogue with other disciplines like painting, sculpture, video and installation. Wegner was born in Tel […]

“Squaring Up Histories” Exhibition Opening Reception

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

“Squaring Up Histories” exhibition opening reception with artists July 28, 3-5pm. This group exhibition is meant to coincide with Chautauqua Institution’s week 9 theme highlighting American Folk Art. Featuring textiles […]

Gallery Talk and Q&A: Loretta Pettway Bennett

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries

Loretta Pettway Bennett, Gee’s Bend quiltmaker and “Squaring up Histories” exhibiting artist Loretta Pettway Bennett is a fifth-generation quilter from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and one of the youngest to continue […]

Quilt Workshop: Aaron McIntosh

CVA: Large Drawing Room

Aaron McIntosh, Squaring Up Histories exhibiting artist, US Artist Fellow, and Associate Professor of Fibres at Concordia University Join us at the CVA School of Art in a community workshop […]

CVA Stroll through the Arts Gala

Strohl Art Center

Each summer, the Friends of CVA hosts a ticketed event to raise funds in support of scholarships for the CVA School of Art Residency Program. The Stroll through the Arts Gala provides an opportunity to […]

Art in the Park

Miller Park

Hosted by the Friends of CVA, Art in the Park is an open art fair with 70+ vendors held in Miller Park, showcasing art by members of the Chautauqua community, […]

CVA Visiting Artists Lecture: James Hunter

Hall of Christ

James Hunter is an Award winning Design Director with the Wiseman Group, a nationally renowned interior design firm based in San Francisco, California. He earned a Masters Degree in Art […]

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