Co Lab Reception on display until October 6th

The Co Lab project was created in 2015 to bring together artists from all walks of life, whose paths may have never crossed in ordinary circumstances. Co Lab coordinator Chloe Russell pairs participating artists together to create a collaborative piece. This exercise in radical inclusion creates opportunities for community connection, professional networking, and new friendships. Artists of all abilities and skill levels are invited to participate. Artists are paired up based on their personality, interests, and artistic style.

Each year the project results in surprising and powerful works that reflect the participating artists’ points of commonality. It’s important to Russell and The Show Gallery Lowertown that a diverse group of artists are represented in Co Lab each year. This exhibition is demonstrative of gallery’s mission- to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities. In the upcoming exhibition, opening at The Show Gallery on the evening of Saturday, September 7th from 5-8pm, 21 pairs of artists will display their new work.


Since opening our doors in 2015, The Show Gallery Lowertown has exhibited work by over 250 artists from the Twin Cities area. Exhibitions feature work by artists of all backgrounds, training, and ability levels. With 10+ exhibitions a year, special events like the St. Paul Art Crawl, and a selection of fine art and gifts in Rebecca’s Gifts, there are many ways to engage with The Show.