Faculty & Visiting Artists

The Chautauqua School of Art residency program is composed of an esteemed group of faculty. All faculty teach in the most current, contemporary pedagogies, working closely with our School of Art participants, Chautauquans and members of the public.

Lead Faculty

Our Lead Faculty conduct weekly sessions and one-on-one conversations. Their pedagogy comes directly from their practices as outlined below.

Alpesh Kantilal Patel

Alpesh Kantilal Patel is a contemporary art historian, critic, and curator based at Florida International University, Miami, where he directed the MFA program in Visual Arts from 2012-2017. “Storytelling and Worldmaking.” Artworks can be part of innumerable contexts: everything from contemporary painting to the history of flamingos. Adapting the popular PechaKucha format of storytelling, participants will give pithy presentations (10 slides, 20 seconds each) driven by image as a mode of research (rather than reflections of what you already know). These will then be discussed as a group with an eye toward clarifying that artworks do not exist in a vacuum but are always already part of multiple, vibrant contexts. The workshop will empower students to consider what artworks and broader ideas they are in dialogue with. At the same time, this workshop will underscore that artworks do not reflect the world but instantiate new ones.

Kalup Linzy

Kalup Linzy is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. He has taught at Harvard University, New York University, School of Visual Arts, New York, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Linzy thematically explores sexuality, gender stereotypes, cultural identities, and his childhood upbringing through soap opera-based video and performance works. His videos are characteristically hyperbolic and gritty, often low-tech in quality with plots calling on socialization and community. Linzy pushes gender boundaries by adorning himself and his subjects in drag, manipulating the voice, and inserting a familiar cultural vernacular into his dialogues. Exploring and discussing narrative, Linzy plans to workshop scenes and recreate moments from his iconic videos with students.

Hasan Elahi

Hasan Elahi is an artist, Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University and a board member of Creative Capital. Hasan will be working with students/participants at Chautauqua on developing new formal and informal academic curricula that respond to a changing creative economy while focusing on a balanced academic and artistic life.

Jean Shin

Jean Shin is an artist whose large-scale installations speak to identity and community. She is on the faculty at Pratt Institute and a board member of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Jean will engage students in multi-faceted projects in the public realm, including site-specific installations and socially engaged works.

Raheleh Filsoofi

Raheleh Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work incorporates ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video and addresses issues regarding borders, immigration, and inter-cultural communications. She gives participants the opportunity to explore the dynamics of the ceramic process and the expressive quality of the clay medium, while at the same time emphasizing art as a means of social engagement. Through a series of scaffolded individual and collaborative projects, participants develop skills in the artistic conceptualization and a creative process that is never final. Current projects focus on local natural resources as the physical and symbolic essence of place and the values of community and stewardship. Through the projects, we sensitize ourselves to an awareness of Nature and its relation to the human condition. Projects in making are expanded through a curatorial project and conference discussions on the contributions of ceramics to socially engaged art.

Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Hyperallergic, critic, curator, artist and photographer. Hrag will be critic-in-residence, developing CVA’s first writing program for artists and critics that will look at arts writing and how it is evolving in the 21st century. Students/participants will be working together with Hrag on project-based workshops.

Visiting Artists

We are very excited to announce our visiting artists who will be conducting studio visits, group conversations, demonstrations and workshops for the 2022 Season:

Jose Arellano

Co-director of Case Management & Navigation, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA | July 10–16

Squeak Carnwath

July 3–9 | 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, and identifiable images. She has received numerous awards including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award for Visual Arts from the Flintridge Foundation, the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation, and the Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Academy of Design and Art. Carnwath is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding member and current president of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation. She lives and works in Oakland, CA.  Photo credit: Peg Skorpinski

Miguel Luciano

Multimedia Visual Artist, New York, NY | July 3–16 | Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, and social justice through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; El Museo Nacional de Bella Artes de la Habana, Cuba; La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris; El Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; The San Juan Poly-Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Latinx Artist Fellowship (2021), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award Grant. His work is featured in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Newark Museum, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Luciano was an inaugural Artist in Residence in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Civic Practice Parnership Artist Residency Program (2018-2021). He is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University School of Art. You can find more about Miguel on his website at https://www.miguelluciano.com/bio.

Professional Development

For the entire 7-week residency program, we are proud to host who are thought leaders, sharing their very different voices, paths of their own and of different artists, sound advice and connections to the artists-in-residence. Our professional development is not formalized; we believe there is no one way to be an artist. Therefore, we believe professional development is customized and nuanced. Here are our sage, generous thought-leaders who will be visiting in 2022, who are determined to empower artists to sustain their own creative lives:

Community Classes Faculty

In addition to our Lead Faculty, a core part of Chautauqua Visual Arts is our Community Classes Faculty. They are all practicing artists who have exceptional skills and teach technical classes that are open to everyone, including the participants of our residency program. Faculty include the following artists, with more to be announced.

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