Exhibitions

Every summer, Chautauqua Visual Arts (CVA) presents nine exhibitions in the galleries of Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, as well as the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. These diverse spaces allow CVA to host a variety of contemporary shows from nationally-recognized artists. The focus in our galleries is on a wide range of contemporary art highlighting all media and sensibilities. Please visit our new website often, as we will be updating our content daily with new ways to engage with our exhibitions and artists! If you are interested in participating in our annual CVA Open Members Exhibition, click HERE to learn more about becoming an exhibiting CVA Member.

 

Pour Spill Drip Stain (Past 2021)

July 28 - August 27

Strohl Art Center  |  Main Galleries

Pour Spill Drip Stain (Past 2021)
Curated by Judy Barie, the Susan and John Turben Director of CVA Galleries, this vibrant exhibition in the Main gallery of Strohl Art Center, highlights surface and fluidity as both technique and inspiration. Multi colored paintings, encaustics, works on paper, and ceramics will be shown together creating a symmetry of styles by six nationally recognized contemporary artists.
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Pour Spill Drip Stain (Past 2021)

CVA School of Art Participants Exhibition (Past 2021)

August 01 - August 26

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center  |  Second Floor

CVA School of Art Participants Exhibition (Past 2021)
One of our most popular exhibitions of the summer will once again be displayed on the second floor of Fowler- Kellogg Art Center. This year each Participating Artist, who will be attending the  summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art, will exhibit one original work created pre-season highlighting their personal style. This exhibition will be curated by Judy Barie and Sharon Louden along with the Chautauqua School of Art core faculty.
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CVA School of Art Participants Exhibition (Past 2021)

Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon (Past 2021)

July 25 - August 26

Strohl Art Center  |  Bellowe Family Gallery

Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon (Past 2021)
Improvising features new work by Julie Blackmon, a photographer from Springfield Missouri. Her photographs are inspired by her experiences of growing up in a large family, her current role as both photographer and mother, the timelessness of family dynamics, as well as surviving the pandemic. As the oldest of nine children and the mother of three, Blackmon uses her own family members and household to “move beyond the documentary and to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives”. This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Jim and Bonnie Gwin.
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Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon (Past 2021)

Tenacity (Past 2021)

July 04 - August 24

Strohl Art Center  |  Gallo Family Gallery

Tenacity (Past 2021)
This exhibition will feature works by women who are extremely talented, creative and have had long successful careers in the Visual Arts. Lucy Fradkin, Raheleh Filsoofi, Bovey Lee, Beth Lipman, Shervone Neckles, Carol Prusa, and Jackie Tileston will be showing an array of work in disparate mediums from paintings to large glass installations. Please join us in honoring women of the past, while celebrating these tenacious artists whose work will be on display the entire season. This exhibition has been generously sponsored by the Jerome M. Kobacker Foundation.
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Tenacity (Past 2021)

Materials Redefined (Past 2021)

June 27 - August 25

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center  |  First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

Materials Redefined (Past 2021)
Curated by Judy Barie, the Susan and John Turben Director of  CVA Galleries, this exhibition focuses on seven contemporary artists who work with their selected materials in non-traditional ways.  The result will be a thought provoking, inspiring show of pieces that have not been seen before in Chautauqua.  Abstractions and realism are featured,  resulting in a colorful play of disparate materials including paper, oil paint, vintage metal trays, and clay.
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Materials Redefined (Past 2021)

Counterbalance (Past 2021)

June 27 - July 25

Strohl Art Center  |  Main Galleries

Counterbalance (Past 2021)
Curated by Erika Diamond, Assistant Director of CVA Galleries, Counterbalance features women working primarily in the media of Wood and Textiles, using a hybridized language of adornment and structure. Wood objects drape over corners and conform to the body, while textiles muscle in with bold color and rigid form. Works scale walls and shimmer from across the room in this exhibition that plays with our understanding of hard edges and soft curves.
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Counterbalance (Past 2021)

Co-Existence: Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu (Past 2021)

June 27 - July 21

Strohl Art Center  |  Bellowe Family Gallery

Co-Existence: Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu (Past 2021)
This exhibition examines cultural signifiers and the notion of hybridity in works by four contemporary artists of Chinese descent who live and work in the U.S. Their varied practices interrogate the histories and metaphors of everyday objects like dishware, vases, plants, and ping pong paddles through a range of media including sculpture, photography, ceramics, and painting.
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Co-Existence: Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu (Past 2021)

Resilience: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2021)

August 01 - October 01

ONLINE

Resilience: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2021)
In conjunction with Chautauqua’s overall theme for week 9 in 2021 / Resilience, we invite our members to create and show work based on what Resilience means to them. From a global pandemic to the quest for racial equality, we reflect on a revealing, historic period by lifting up the stories and the lessons of those of you who refused to give up, give in or go away.
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Resilience: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2021)

John Melvin Sculpture Garden (Past 2021)

June 27 - August 28

Strohl Art Center & Fowler Kellogg Art Center  |  John Melvin Sculpture Garden

John Melvin Sculpture Garden (Past 2021)

Featuring outdoor sculpture by Dee Briggs, Walter Early, and Jonathan Shapiro.

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John Melvin Sculpture Garden (Past 2021)

CVA Craft Gallery

Strohl Art Center  |  CVA Craft Gallery

CVA Craft Gallery
The Bridge Gallery is situated in Strohl Art Center just between The Gallery Store and the curated exhibitions of the Main Gallery. We offer a selection of rotating works on view and available for acquisition for the duration of the summer season (now available online year-round!), hand-made by a select and growing roster of extraordinary craftspersons from around the country. You will find smaller works and functional objects in ceramics, glass, and so much more. We are always on the lookout for innovative techniques and exceptional objects to enliven your home and spirit.
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CVA Craft Gallery

Printmaker in Residence Preview

Printmaker in Residence Preview

New this year! CVA is laying the groundwork for an off-season Residency program beginning in 2021, sharing our School of Art resources and community with professional artists beyond the nine-week summer residency. Artists who might benefit from our unique environment and facilities in the Printmaking and Ceramics areas will be invited by the Chautauqua School of Art to make work and share space with us. For now, we offer you a preview of the work of School of Art Alumni Melissa Joseph and Ashante Kindle whom we look forward to hosting as our inaugural 2021 Artists-In-Residence.

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Printmaker in Residence Preview

Devil Is in the Details (Past 2021)

ONLINE January 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021

Devil Is in the Details (Past 2021)
This inaugural Alumni Exhibition includes a diverse group of Chautauqua School of Art Alumni from various years, personal backgrounds, and studio techniques. Each of the works in this exhibition focus on the details, using processes and compositions that are highly detailed or by rendering the details of our everyday lives. They highlight the meaningful minutiae we often overlook - ubiquitous trash, the coziness of a hand-made quilt, comfort food, the subtleties of gerrymandering, or a single line repeated. Spend some time with meticulous and contemplative works by Hannah Chalew, Yewen Dong, Chris Friday, Bryan McGinnis, Anna Muradyan, Rachel Rickert, Matt Smith, Taro Takizawa, and Jenny Wu.
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Devil Is in the Details (Past 2021)

Wallpaper Diaries (Past 2020)

Strohl Art Center  |  Main Gallery

Wallpaper Diaries (Past 2020)
Curated by Judy Barie, the Susan and John Turben Director of CVA Galleries, this exhibition focuses on eight artists whose work involves pattern. The result will be a colorful, dynamic show, marrying and merging intricate patterns created by each artist. Works on paper, oil paintings, collages, wood wall sculpture and ceramics will be featured.
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Wallpaper Diaries (Past 2020)

Attention to Detail: Glass (Past 2020)

Strohl Art Center  |  Bellowe Family Gallery

Attention to Detail: Glass (Past 2020)
New glass works by four contemporary glass blowers and sculptors will be shown together highlighting their personal styles and techniques. Megan Biddle produces experiment- and process-driven work with an emphasis on materials and their distinct characteristics. Ryann Cooley uses photographs to engage the viewer with an image both spatially and physically. Amber Cowan’s sculptural pieces are created through a process of flameworking, blowing, and finding second-life glass in flea markets. Leo Tecosky deconstructs iconography through an impressive range of glassmaking techniques.
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Attention to Detail: Glass (Past 2020)

CVA School of Art Participant Exhibition (Past 2020)

Strohl Art Center  |  Gallo Family Gallery

CVA School of Art Participant Exhibition (Past 2020)
One of our most popular exhibitions of the summer will be displayed on the second floor of Strohl Art Center in the Gallo Family Gallery. This year each Student / Emerging Artist, who is participating in the seven week summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art, will exhibit one original work created pre-season highlighting their personal style. This exhibition is curated by Judy Barie and Sharon Louden along with the Chautauqua School of Art core faculty. 
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CVA School of Art Participant Exhibition (Past 2020)

Places We Have Never Been: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2020)

Places We Have Never Been: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2020)
We are proud to present original artworks by the Exhibiting Members of the Chautauqua Visual Arts within our new online gallery. Based on the theme Places We have Never Been, these works offer us the freedom to travel far and wide through the visions of our many generous and talented CVA Members.
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Places We Have Never Been: Open CVA Members Exhibition (Past 2020)

Past Exhibitions (2019)

Past Exhibitions (2019)
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Past Exhibitions (2019)

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