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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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Art All Around

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is another treasure nestled in the southern Vermont landscape. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathyaa82
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Connecticut
Student Comes Back as Visitor

My husband took a 1-day pastel workshop at the Center, & we went back the next day to tour the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BaliloverNewYork
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New York
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“art center” (15 reviews)
“local artists” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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West Rd, Turn off West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is another treasure nestled in the southern Vermont landscape. It is a true Arts Center. Over the years I have been to adult and childrens’ art shows, drama camp with my granddaughter, heard rehearsal for a concert And viewed the...More

Thank Kathyaa82
Elizabeth P, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Kathy, for the stellar review. We are thrilled SVAC continues to bring enjoyment to you and your granddaughter through our array of programs and sculpture park. We look forward to seeing you both in 2018.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband took a 1-day pastel workshop at the Center, & we went back the next day to tour the museum. The art displayed was of a very high quality & we were most impressed. Visitors to Manchester should definitely visit the SVAC, just as...More

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Elizabeth P, Excutive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the endorsement! We are thrilled the exhibit in the Wilson Museum exceeded your expectations. Our 2018 season promises to bring exciting exhibits and events. We look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visiting Manchester, Vermont? Be sure to take in the Southern Vermont Art Center. The setting is spectacular, the history unique and introduces you to the robust community of artists, many of whom live in the towns and villages nearby. The on site Cafe Sora, featuring...More

Thank Kathryn C
Connor J, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and review, Kathryn. We are so glad you enjoyed our campus and the exhibits. Please visit again soon. SVAC's Winter Member Show opened on Saturday and show runs through December 30th, featuring an astounding range of artists and mediums. Executive...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

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

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Connor J, Gallery Assistant at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

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

Reviewed 11 October 2017

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

1  Thank Aha444
Elizabeth P, Executive Director at Southern Vermont Arts Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and review. We're so glad you enjoyed the drive up the hill and time spent in our galleries with Kim. Come back and visit us in 2018. We have an exceptional line up of exhibits and performances. Executive Director

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

1  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

2  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

1  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

2  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

1  Thank melange1
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