About

The Show Gallery Lowertown is a nonprofit art space which seeks to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities. Our programming includes 10+ exhibitions annually, community fundraisers, special events (performances and live music), workshops, and classes. We are located in the St. Paul Art District, Lowertown, at 346 N. Sibley Street, St. Paul, MN 55101, near Mears Park, Union Depot & the light rail, St. Paul Saints Ballpark, Farmers’ market, and many restaurants and taverns. We are members of the St. Paul Art Collective and participate in the spring and fall art crawls.

 

Our Story

The Show Gallery Lowertown is a collaboration between two founding partner organizations- The Show NonProfit and MSS, a nonprofit organization serving adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities.

On a visit to MSS’ Eagan location, Winna Bernard, an artist, social worker, and President of The Show Nonprofit, was inspired to create a unique art space after seeing a beautiful piece of pottery. The piece was created by an artist who used a paint brush attached to a headband to apply the glaze and took six months to finish. As a social worker for over 20 years, she was tired of seeing beautiful pieces of art work created by artists with disabilities not being represented in art galleries in the Twin Cities. Winna invited the team from MSS, including MSS’ VP of Programs Michelle Dickerson, to lunch where they started piecing their vision together. Dickerson, who founded the MSS Art Program in 1999, and had always dreamed of a gallery where artists with disabilities could show their work in a professional setting.

The timing was right, as a space opened up in the former JAX building, and The Show Gallery Lowertown was created. The gallery provides artists of all abilities a place to promote and sell their work in the heart of St. Paul’s art district, Lowertown.

 

Founding Organizations

The Show Nonprofit

MSS

 

About the Space

Our ADA accessible space includes the gallery, Rebecca’s Gifts (gift shop), and classroom. The following is our Access Policy Approved by The Show Nonprofit’s Board in November 2014:

The Show Gallery Lowertown is dedicated to exhibiting works of art by artists from all walks of life. We support artists with a variety of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive delays, mental illness and hearing and vision loss. It is the policy of The Show Gallery Lowertown to provide opportunity for artists, regardless of race, gender, national origin, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, and disability, to have equal opportunity to create, display, and sell their art.

 

Staff

Winna Bernard, Gallery Coordinator/Co-Founder, The Show Non Profit

Lauren Hughes, Exhibitions Coordinator/Director of Arts Development- MSS

Tara Tieso, Volunteer Coordinator/Board Member, The Show Non Profit

Chloe Russell, CoLab Manager/Art Coordinator- MSS