There had been a countdown on the chalkboard at the Chautauqua School of Art for more than a week. It read: Seven days before Don picks your work for the Student Exhibition! Then five days, then three. Friday, Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Don Kimes chose work from each student to hang in the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center during the quickest exhibition installation of the season.
The art was hung in just one day, ready for the opening of the School of Art Annual Student Show Sunday from 3–5 p.m. in the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. The show is unique among Chautauqua art shows, because the gallery does not open to viewers until the opening reception begins, in part because of the rapid manner of its assembly, and in part because of the popularity of the art.
“It’s always a challenge to place the show,” Kimes said. “A group show is always difficult to hang. There’s obviously no theme, except that it’s all students.”