In her first trip to Chautauqua Institution, visiting artist Julie Heffernan will paint a poster for an environmental protection campaign.
Amber Scoon was a student at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art in 1999. She returns to Chautauqua to discuss her first book, which came out in May. Scoon dedicated the book to Don Kimes, artistic director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, for introducing her to the world of contemporary art and to art as an academic study. She also studied with Kimes while earning her master’s at American University.
David East, a visiting ceramist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art, grew up in a ranch-style home in the suburbs, and that house design has proliferated his work ever since. East uses ceramics, sometimes coupled with plastic figurines and wooden tables, to talk about Americana and its legacy.
In an untitled piece, ceramics student Emily Harki attached crumpled squares of porcelain to several long wires, which she twisted into curls and drilled into two white wooden panels. Harki’s monochromatic piece, which measures the size of a small billboard, sold for $1,000 at the Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition. It’s the most expensive sale from the student art show so far.
On one of sculptor Brenda Garand’s many trips to the province of Quebec, she spent time in Tadoussac, where a merchant and French navy captain acquired a fur trade monopoly. Oral history and the legend of a place interest Garand; she said most of her ideas for her sculptures come from a psychological sense of history and a physical sense of place.
The annual Stroll Through the Arts fundraiser for art student scholarships will go off with a hitch this year — several hitches, actually. As guests arrive at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, they will each have a name placed on their backs: one half of a famous artistic couple, like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, for example.
After just 22 days of working in their studios this season, the School of Art students are ready to put on a show: the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition, which fills the first and second floors of Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. It opens Sunday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
Most galleries need a week to take down one exhibit and install the next. With only nine weeks in Chautauqua Institution’s season, Strohl Art Center does not have the luxury of time.
Joe Nicoletti calls himself a representational painter.
“It’s a fancy way of saying, ‘I paint stuff,’ ” Nicoletti said. [WITH SLIDESHOW]
A financial journalist and a financial heavyweight are ready to square off at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.
Diana B. Henriques comes to the conversation as a financial investigative reporter with The New York Times. Alan D. Schwartz was the final president and CEO of Bear Stearns, before the Federal Reserve Bank of New York mandated JPMorgan Chase to acquire the collapsing investment firm in March 2008. He is now the executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, an investment firm based in Chicago and New York City.