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Southern Vermont Arts Center

West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
+1 802-362-1405
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Fine art in a lovely setting

This gallery is a museum! Or is this museum a gallery? It's up a hill, overlooking a lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colchester, Connecticut
Diverse art, sculptures, not croweded, free and definitely worth it!

Really cool art exhibit. Upon driving up towards it the sculptures are pretty amazing. Everything... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarasota, Florida
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Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings.
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West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
+1 802-362-1405
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This gallery is a museum! Or is this museum a gallery? It's up a hill, overlooking a lovely field with a huge, stainless, stylized woman. The buildings are traditional New England, the art is everything from representational to totally nonobjective, and most of it is...More

Thank todbo
Connor J, Gallery Assistant at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit on our campus. Please visit again to see our exhibits and performances in the summer season.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool art exhibit. Upon driving up towards it the sculptures are pretty amazing. Everything is free which is nice just give a donation which I think they deserve, and some of the art is definitely powerful. Much of it is not cheap but it...More

Thank Aha444
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Beautiful setting. Interesting sculptures on the way up the long winding driveway. Two buildings full of art. Tiny gift store. Artists scattered around the grounds painting. I live about an hour away and have traveled thru Manchester many, many times. Can't believe I never "discovered"...More

Thank marianvt
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The SVAC consists of two buildings of art about 100 yards from each other. One building is for general art and consists of two floors and multiple rooms of artwork. It is well laid out and somewhat grouped according to subject theme. Most of the...More

1  Thank Enduro338
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Read other TrpAdv reviews too. Same consensus ! Off West Road, you can spend 1/2 hr to 3. Three buildings - Arkell Pavillion (closed unless for a stage/music performance), SVAC Art Hall (may be called the Wilson Museum) and the Yester House. The rear of...More

Thank Track1089
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

This venue is as much fun as getting to past the sculpture field and up the winding road but it is worth it. Whether for the art displays or for the concerts, just check the schedule and have a nice time at the entertainment of...More

1  Thank retirededward
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Driving up the winding driveway full of sculptures is a trip in itself! Although the one building was closed while a new photography exhibit was being set up, the main gallery building was open and very interesting to wander through. There are some permanent art...More

Thank melange1
Reviewed 6 July 2017

After visiting the Hildene House in Manchester, we spent some time in the Southern Vermont Arts Center. We happened to be there at a time of a wonderful glass exhibit. This center highlights the work of artists from Vermont.

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Our guidebook directed us to this center for the arts in Southern Vermont. On a beautiful tract of land in the Green Mountains, the exhibits of local artists' work and the inspiring setting are worth a visit!

Thank Gail B
Reviewed 13 June 2017

A lovely old home provides airy space for art exhibits in a beautiful country setting. The artists change so each visit brings something new. The grounds are spacious and provide lots of room to explore. Be sure to check out the Botany Trail for a...More

Thank lupaglupa
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