Established in 1922, the Southern Vermont Arts Center provides cultural, educational, and creative opportunities for all ages, located within a four-hour drive of Boston, Montreal, and New York City.
Situated amid over one-hundred acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, SVAC offers first-class, arts culture in a traditional New England setting. With a rotating calendar of member and guest exhibitions, the largest sculpture park in Vermont, and a busy schedule of dynamic classes for all ages, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has something for everyone.
Visitors can explore the twenty-eight room Yester House Gallery, home to diverse exhibitions featuring artwork, photography, and sculpture by our member artists. Across the courtyard, the contemporary Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum offers one of the East Coast’s finest exhibition spaces outside a major city, and boasts over 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century art, including the world's largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni.
A wide range of courses, anything from figure drawing to watercolors, are offered year round at our downtown studio, Createplace, as well as on campus in the Joan Hay Madeira and Carriage House studios. Programming is created for all ages and all skill levels.
In the summer, the 400 seat Arkell Pavilion is regularly filled with audiences entertained by a variety of performing arts encompassing everything from dance and classical music to theater, concerts, and even acrobats.
Those who come to Vermont for the outdoors will be able to enjoy our Boswell Botony Trail, as well as the many acres of woodland hiking when it's warm and sculpture park snow-shoeing or cross country skiing when it's not.