Think of Gina Burnett as the unofficial artist in residence of Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater. Burnett, wrapping up her third season as an Amphitheater usher, has the responsibility of scanning patrons into the Amp for the morning lecture and cleaning up after they leave. She has turned that clean-up process into an art project.
At the VACI Open Members Exhibition, which opened Monday in Fowler-Kellogg Art Center and runs through Aug. 22, longtime Chautauquan Enid Shames spent several minutes staring at a video piece called “The Aesthetics of Informatics in a Wandering America.” [w/ SLIDESHOW]
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.
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.
OK, here it is; truth be out: There’s a special brand of artists who truly are a strange breed. I’m not arguing for Vincent van Gogh-Jackson Pollock eccentricities. Most artists live quite regular lives.
Ryder Henry keeps an entire city in his house. He calls it “4 Lydia,” the street address of his home in Uniontown, Pa., where he decided to build a large model city out of corrugated cardboard and paperboard.
As the Student Exhibition comes down in the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, another show goes up featuring different artists but with a similar philosophy.
The annual VACI Open Members Exhibition opening reception is today from 3–5 p.m. Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution will highlight local artists and community members, who will show their work and support the School of Art.
Bob Hopper, member of the VACI Partners board, enjoys where the Members Exhibition sits in the Chautauqua art scene.