Soo Visual Arts Center Inc

A nonprofit organization

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Since 2001, SooVAC has exhibited over 3000 visual artists, the majority from Minnesota, and provided exhibition and curatorial opportunities, educational experiences and artist support to foster career development for the local artist community. As a leader in nurturing emerging and under-represented regional artists, SooVAC connects our community to art through robust programming in our space, online and with our partnerships throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.

 We are passionate in our belief that accessible, small presenting organizations are imperative to maintaining the artistic vibrancy of our state. Our curatorial vision is artist-led, allowing us the freedom to work with a variety of artistic approaches and encouraging artists to experiment, take risks, collaborate and share their voice as we support them throughout their careers.

We share our space and staff and resources through unique programming with our community as we know artists are the best programmers, curators and collaborators.

DONATION LEVELSNooshin Hakim Javadi"An Adventure to uncover freedom from oil" by Nooshin Hakim Javadi
Seesaw, engraved Freedom monument in Tehran, engraved oil barrel
2020-2021. More on the recent exhibition can be found here.

✨$20 Celebrate 20 years of SooVAC! ✨

It's our birthday!  As the longest running non profit art gallery of our size in the Twin Cities, we've grown so much since 2001!  With your help of $20, we can continue to sustain for future years to come. 

✨$50 Shine on! ✨  

Every year we work with a local senior care facility to bring art projects to their residents. In 2020/2021 programming moved online and we continued to work with the residents virtually. From a variety of art projects led by artists to tours of the gallery space during our rotating exhibitions, your donation helps sustain this program through the year.

✨$100 Make Magic! ✨  

Our exhibitions are selected from a free open call to artists at any career stage, unlike the majority of galleries and museums. Selected by a rotating panel of artists and creatives, SooVAC is a leader in discovering new talent, with a strong focus on emerging and under-represented artists. With a donation of  $100, your gift will support this unique and open curatorial process.

✨$250 Razzle Dazzle!

Our online programming during the pandemic, Virtual Connections, helped us reach audiences that were further than imaginable. With a donation of $250, your contribution will continue to assist the upgraded media and equipment needs for programing of virtual events and documentation of exhibitions. This includes videos of each exhibition, professional photos for each exhibiting artist, and hybrid programming,

✨$500 Spark visionaries!✨  

Your contribution will support exhibition stipends for artists. From research to materials to creation, the amount of work that goes into an exhibition is often not seen. Providing stipends for our artists allows them to have support to experiment and take risks.

For programming in the gallery, check out the November tab above or visit


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Organization name

Soo Visual Arts Center Inc

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Arts & Culture

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


2909 Bryant Ave S Suite 101
Minneapolis, MN 55408



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