I am writing to ask you to encourage current students and recent graduates who may be interested in this respected summer program to apply for a scholarship. Chautauqua’s 7 week session gives student residents maximum time to work in an atmosphere created by highly motivated peers and a faculty of deeply committed professional artists selected from outstanding art programs nationally.
Painting/Drawing and Sculpture/Installation faculty:
David East Nancy Friese Brenda Garand Glenn Goldberg Michelle Grabner
Margaret Grimes Julie Heffernan Carter Hodgkin Don Kimes Julie Langsam
Stanley Lewis Sharon Louden Danielle Mysliwiec Joe Nicoletti Tom Raneses Lee Tribe
Frederick Bartolovic Peter Beasecker Don Davis David East Jen Gandee
Molly Hatch Bryan Hopkins Darien Johnson Liz Lurie
Sana Musasama Blake Williams Errol Willet
John Anderson, Bonnie Ashmore, Brian Giniewski, Alison Hall, Amber Scoon and others
ABOUT THE CHAUTAUQUA SCHOOL OF ART and VACI
– Faculty: Collectively the work of this summer’s faculty has been included in dozens of major galleries and museums internationally. They have also taught in top art programs throughout the country and abroad. Though often nationally known, they have been selected before anything else because of their belief that art involves a lifelong process – a rigorous grounding combined with persevering exploration. This conviction provides art students with a genuine educational experience and a sense of the authentic in the midst of an extraordinarily complex art world.
– Facilities: Over the past several years we have raised more than 7.5 million dollars to expand our studio and exhibition facilities in painting, drawing, sculpture/installation, ceramics and printmaking. Studios are open 24/7. Each student has their own partitioned space in addition to shared group facilities in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.
– Galleries: Every summer 10 contemporary exhibitions are presented in our museum quality galleries in the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, including the annual student exhibition. Artists included in recent exhibitions include Lynda Benglis, Jasper Johns, Lee Krasner, Mel Bochner, Philip Guston, Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twombly, Robert Mangold, Alex Katz, Polly Apfelbaum, Alfred Jensen, Richard Serra, Donald Sultan, Nancy Graves, Franz Kline, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Beverley Pepper, Keith Haring, Mia Westerlund Roosen, and many others.
– Performances: Chautauqua also offers multiple resources not available in other summer art programs. Working alongside studio art participants are apprentices in dance, music, theater and opera. A professional symphony performs three nights each week in our 5,000 seat amphitheater, and theater, opera and dance productions are presented throughout the summer in other venues at Chautauqua. There are nightly performances with popular entertainers and guest artists, and the historic Chautauqua lecture series, often broadcast nationally on NPR, takes place every morning.
– Recent Student Work: Examples of recent student and faculty work can be found on our web site http://www.ciweb.org/student-gallery and in our recent exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Chautauqua School of Art at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City – http://www.denisebibrofineart.com/exhibition/view/1811
– Scholarships, Work Study and College Credit: Tuition is quite low compared to most national summer programs, and there is also considerable financial assistance, especially for students with financial need. 2012 students ranged in age from 20 to 30. Some of our participants are already enrolled in MFA programs and others are advanced undergraduate or post baccalaureate students working toward admission to top graduate schools. College credit through SUNY (and often from the home school) is also available.
I hope you will recommend a summer residency at Chautauqua to your current and former students. It offers a beautiful location on Chautauqua Lake in western New York State, unparalleled resources, deeply committed peers, and outstanding resident faculty and visiting artists. Inevitably students say that it changes their lives.
Additional information, application, financial aid and recommendation forms are available on the School of Art web site http://www.ciweb.org/school-of-art
The final deadline for receipt of application materials is April 15.
Don Kimes, Artistic Director, VACI
ADVISORY COUNCIL TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Denise Bibro Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC
Michael Gitlitz Director, Marlborough Gallery, NYC
Judy Glantzman Artist
Louis Grachos Director Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse
Donald Kuspit Distinguished University Professor SUNY
Barbara Rose Art Critic/Historian
Robert Storr Dean Yale School of Art
Stephen Westfall Artist/Critic, Art In America
Julian Zugazagoitia Director Nelson Atkins Museum
VACI / PO Box 1098/ Chautauqua, NY 14722-1098