Pratt/VACI Fellowship in Pedagogy 

The Fine Arts Department and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are working in partnership with Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI).

Inaugural Fellow: Connie Fu, MFA ‘19

The aim of the fellowship is:

  • To provide an opportunity for the selected fellow to advance their own artistic practice within a community of peers, and with regular access to VACI visiting artists
  • To enable the fellow to actively participate in theoretical and practical explorations around new pedagogies under the mentorship of Hasan Elahi
  • To enable the fellow to practice teaching over 18’s in an experimental forum. The emphasis will be on teaching as an art form without external boundaries

The selected Pratt/VACI Fellow will receive the following:

  • All expenses fully funded, including tuition, transportation to and from Chautauqua School of Art, housing, meals, and material fees
  • A gate pass for the length of the residency, allowing the Fellow to access to Chautauqua grounds as well as all amphitheater, chamber and Festival Schools programs
  • Studio space
  • Mentorship with Core Faculty Member of VACI
  • Access to all VACI Residency opportunities (please see here for comprehensive information about the VACI Residency:

The selected fellow will be expected to:

  • Complete the full residency at Visual Arts at Chautauqua School of Art (Summer)
  • Teach a 3 week-long painting, drawing or collage Course to students over the age of 18 who are not participants in the VACI Residency.
  • Keep a journal or blog, documenting their work/learning experiences during the Residency
  • After the conclusion of their Fellowship, Share their VACI experience and learned pedagogical skills with faculty, staff, and peers at Pratt Institute:
    • Conduct an informal presentation and discussion for Pratt faculty, staff and peers(Fall)
    • Submit a formal research-presentation application for the Pratt Research Open House (Spring)
    • Present a formal report (in any creative format) that captures their Fellowship experiences, their work and learning regarding the Art of Pedagogy (Spring)

The following criteria will be used to select one Fine Arts graduate student to participate in this Fellowship:

  • Excellence in visual arts practice
  • Demonstrated collegiality and community orientated spirit
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse communities
  • Active interest in pedagogical inquiry
  • Qualities needed: Outgoing, flexible, open to exploration, willing to be challenged, hungry to learn