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Georgia Southern Art Department partners with Chautauqua School of Art in New York

An art class at Georgia Southern University.

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) and the prestigious Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art in Chautauqua, New York, have partnered to provide educational opportunities and financial assistance to Georgia Southern’s visual arts students this summer.

Georgia Southern and Chautauqua will provide up to two full scholarships for Georgia Southern students accepted into the renowned Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) School of Art summer residency program.

“The Chautauqua School of Art has been on the leading edge of arts education for years, and I’m looking forward to working with them,” says BFSDoArt Assistant Professor and Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher. “I’ve known emerging and established artists who have been awarded Chautauqua residencies in the past, and they can be a real life-changer and career-enhancing event. It’s been great working with Chautauqua’s Director of the Visual Arts Sharon Louden to establish scholarships and opportunities for Georgia Southern art students.”

The 2019 artists-in-residence program at VACI welcomes students and emerging artists who have yet to receive wide recognition of their work, including artists as young as juniors in college. The program has core faculty along with visiting artists who will hold workshops and give lectures through the summer. Core faculty will host weekly one-on-one conversations with students and emerging artists and will conduct classes of their specialties. The environment promotes collaboration, exchange and an openness to other art forms at Chautauqua, which includes dance, theater, music and more.

The Chautauqua School of Art is an incubator of inclusive and expansive programming in the visual arts composed of classes, workshops and one-on-one time with mentors covering all media. The curriculum intentionally breaks apart the traditional methods that isolate disciplines from each other and instead embraces a full range of studio and pragmatic studies including professional development for artists, the art of pedagogy, writing in the 21st century and the relevance of art history today.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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