Apply to the Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program

July 25–August 28, 2021

Applications for the 2021 season are now open and will close on Monday, March 2, 2021 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Eligibility is limited to artists whose work has not yet been recognized internationally, including those as young as 21 years old. College enrollment is not a requirement to attend our program. Up to 38 positions are available. The Lead Faculty and Artistic Director as a group will select participants who will enter into the program. Applications will be judged by the artistic excellence of the work submitted as well as the answers provided to questions in the application. Financial ability to fully pay for fees to attend plays no role in the decision process and jurying of applications. International artists are encouraged to apply.

Everyone who does not receive acceptance into our program will receive a response and brief feedback on their application. In addition, we will host a Zoom gathering with those who did not receive admission into the School of Art residency program with an offer to take a Masters Session with one of our Lead Faculty.

For more information on our program, check out our About our Program page with answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

See details about the Application Procedure and Juroring Process below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at We look forward to receiving your application!

Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts are monitoring the continually changing nature of the COVID-19 virus very closely and taking the appropriate precautions.

At this time we are hopeful for an on grounds five week experience at Chautauqua; however the plan is not yet complete or approved by Institution leadership. We are also planning alternate scenarios in the event that we cannot hold our programming in person. Any modifications will be based on public health recommendations and will prioritize the health and safety of our students, audience, artists, staff, and wider community.

In order to provide the safest environment in our facilities, we will offer a 5 week residential program which will include both on-line and in-person components. We will provide single occupancy rooms in our residence halls for accepted participants into our residency program.

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  • Application Requirements

    Requirements for application include:

    • 8 images of your work. All media accepted, including video.
    • Complete application including answering a few questions designed to tell us about your artistic practice and why you want to come to Chautauqua.
    • PDF of your current resume.
    • $30 non-refundable fee. Everyone who does not receive acceptance into our program will receive a response and brief feedback on their application. In addition, we will host a Zoom gathering with those who did not receive admission into the School of Art residency program with an offer to take a Masters Session with one of our Lead Faculty.
    • All eligible artists will be considered with no preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age.
  • The Jurying Process

    In an effort to be transparent, the jurying of applications is as follows:

    • Applications received by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), March 2, 2021.
    • Sharon Louden, Sydelle Sonkin and Herb Siegel Artistic Director, reads through applications to confirm everyone who applied is eligible.
    • Artistic Director sends all applications to all of the core faculty member to review, vote on and give feedback on each application. The applications are scored between 1–10. It is optional (but encouraged) for a core faculty member to give feedback on the applications. The Artistic Director gives feedback on every application that is not accepted into our program.
    • Artistic Director and CVA Manager collect all of the votes. Every application that scores 5.0 or above out of 10.0 is looked at again by a smaller jury of 5 core faculty members and the Artistic Director. The Gallery Director witnesses the process and the CVA Manager takes notes of conversations per application.
    • 38 participants and 5 alternatives are accepted by the core-faculty members.
    • Artistic Director writes 38 approved applicants of their acceptance and 5 people who are selected as alternatives. This process takes about 2 weeks time.
    • Artistic Director then starts the process of writing a few sentences of feedback per application that is not accepted and emails those applicants first. This process takes about 4-6 weeks depending on how many applications are submitted.
    • All applicants are notified by May 1, 2021.

    For costs and general information, please click here.

    If you have any questions about the jurying process, please feel free to write us at Thank you!

Applicants who applied before March 2, 2021, will be notified on or before May 1, 2021. For 38 participants who receive the opportunity to visit Chautauqua, their work will be shown the first day of the School of Art residency in the main galleries at the Chautauqua Institution. Curated by Judy Barie, Director of the CVA Galleries, and Lead Faculty of our program, this will be the first introduction of accepted applicants’ work to the Chautauqua community.


We are open and excited to work with many mission-aligned nonprofit organizations, universities and schools to bring participants to the School of Art. Our focus is on sharing resources and finding ways to offer opportunities to artists worldwide.  For more information, visit our Partnerships page.

College Credit

Participants in the Chautauqua School of Art residency program can receive undergraduate or graduate credit for their studies at the Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts. Credits are available by special arrangement with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. This is at the prevailing cost of SUNY tuition, in addition to tuition, room and board costs at CHQ. Students must indicate their desire for college credit at initial registration.

Visual Arts students can receive up to three credits for studio work for the course Special Topics: Studio Art (ARTS 390) — 1–3 credits.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Malinoski-Umberger
Chautauqua Schools of Performing and Visual Arts

Eric Skowronski
Director of Extended Learning
SUNY Fredonia

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