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Southern Vermont Arts Center

The Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, arguably one of the East Coast’s finest exhibition spaces not set in a major urban center, opened to unqualified acclaim in July of 2000.

Designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the Wilson Museum performs two vital functions equally well; first, it is a secure repository for the Arts Center’s 800 piece permanent collection of 19th and 20th century art; a collection which includes the world’s largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni.

Secondly, the Wilson museum and its two spacious galleries meet or exceed all professional museum standards – lighting, climate control, security, etc – making it one of the few regional venues suitable to host major national and international traveling exhibitions.

The heart of the arts in Southern Vermont, the mission of the Arts Center is to make both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of our community and region. SVAC fulfills its mission by presenting the finest quality exhibitions and performances, providing arts education and instruction, exhibiting and marketing the work of artist members, and providing opportunities for community service in promotion of excellence in the arts. With four separate buildings, hiking trails and outdoor sculpture park, the Arts Center provides visitors with a unique destination to explore all facets of the arts and nature. Our campus is comprised of the historic 1920s Yester House, in which we exhibit the works of our 300 artist members, offer artist talks free of charge, and host the largest annual exhibition of student art (grades pre-K through 12) in the region; the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, in which we display works from our permanent collection and host major national and international touring exhibitions; the Hay Madeira Education Center, in which we offer a wide variety of adult workshops and children’s camps; and the 400-seat Arkell Pavilion, in which we present world-renowned performers in music, dance, and theatre.


Contact Information
Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 SVAC Drive
Manchester, VT 05254