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 […]

“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, […]

“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 […]

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 

“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, […]

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 […]

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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