SOA General Information
The Art Program
Each student receives their own partitioned studio space with 24 hour access. They also have 24 hour access to communal studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The faculty represent a wide range of viewpoints and approaches. The media in which students and faculty work are also broad. However, the common link among these varying sensibilities, which remains primary in importance, is that a genuine dialogue with both faculty and peers is established so that an intensive continuity of working experience is maintained.
This intensive studio program is designed for students with a high level of commitment. In many ways motivation is more important than what some might call ability. The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.
The program is not designed for everyone. Those who need continual instruction or who cannot work
in a community would find the long days, the requirement for self-motivation and the demanding nature of the program difficult to adjust to. But for those hungry to engage themselves with exceptionally serious artists, those who wake up in the morning thinking about being in the studio, this is home.
Drawing plays an important role. Many view it as the link between disciplines, the vehicle through which one thinks as an artist. Our session begins with a two-day drawing marathon taught by all of the resident faculty in the school at the start of the session. This not only introduces students to the faculty in a very direct way (before students set up their schedules for the remainder of the summer), but it also emphasizes the importance of drawing in the context of the larger role that it plays as an intrinsically meaningful bridge within the school.
Collectively the artists/faculty who participate each summer are represented in major museums and galleries throughout the world. They are also highly respected artists who, altogether, have taught in nearly every major art program in America. Most of the artists who teach at Chautauqua are resident faculty. Resident faculty members teach, work and live o the grounds of the Institution for extended periods of time (two to seven weeks). Visiting faculty are generally present for one to three days of critiques and/or teaching. A final biographical listing of this summer’s faculty is available on this web site in late February.
The school stresses the individuality of each student, while insisting on a mature working attitude, the ability to work independently without the constant presence of the instructor, and the ability to coexist supportively in a community of artists. Full-time participation is mandatory. This consists of attending morning and afternoon sessions as well as the School of Art lecture series. Most students choose to work well beyond the minimum. More information on this program will be provided at the opening orientation. The school reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior that is disruptive to the community learning and living environment.
Students still enrolled in college often can receive graduate or undergraduate transfer credit for study in the School of Art from their home institution. Such credit should be arranged through the department chair prior to the beginning of our session. Contact Lois Jubeck through the School of Art if you need verification of faculty contact hours or other information for your department chair. Up to six credits are also available by special arrangement with the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia. This is at the prevailing cost of SUNY tuition, in addition to your tuition at Chautauqua. This option must be selected at the beginning of the session.