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About the Space

SooVAC offers year-round exhibition and community programming. We exhibit an average of 150 artists a year and our community programming includes our senior arts programming, workshops, artists talks, events and partnerships with other organizations.

The following is our Access Policy Approved by the board in May 2011:
Soo Visual Arts Center provides equal opportunity and access to its facilities and programs to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, beliefs, sexual orientation or disability in admission, access or employment. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in SooVAC services, programs and activities.


Soo Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit art space that connects our community with fresh, under-represented and provocative art.


Carolyn Payne

Executive Director


Alison Hiltner 

Associate Director


Yijia Li

Development Coordinator

Tiffany Lange

Gallery Coordinator

John Herbert

Gallery Assistant

Advisory Board

Andrea Carlson

Debra deNoyelles

Jason Howard

Lars Mason

Herman Milligan, Jr., Ph.D

Jim Rustad

Michael Sammler-Jones

Cherie Shoquist

Nicole Soukup


Soo Visual Arts Center envisions a dynamic community in which artists and audiences challenge each other in an environment where art is integral to everyday life.

Board of Directors

Marc Davis

Tom DeBiaso

Liza Ferrari - Treasurer

Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson

Frank Grazzini II - Chair

John C. Levy

Robyne Robinson - Secretary

Mark Spencer

Heather Wulfsberg - Vice Chair

Curatorial Panel

Betsy Carpenter

Pao Her

Carolyn Payne

Gregory J. Rose

Megan Vossler


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In accordance with our governor's new mandates, we will be temporarily closing all in-person programming, including gallery hours, immediately as we are committed to doing our part to protect our community and staff during this difficult time.


Don't worry- we have several online events planned to keep you connected with artists and art at this time. Next week, we will share dates and descriptions of everything we have planned, as well as new online interactions with our current exhibitions.


You can explore all three shows at any time right now.

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2909 Bryant Avenue South #101

Minneapolis, MN 55408

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2909 Bryant Avenue South

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Minneapolis, MN 55408



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Due to the Governor's orders we are closing our physical space for now, however stay tuned for more online programming for our current shows.

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