In 1996, Nancy Robb Dunst gathered eight of her artist friends to discuss and share their artistic ideas, visions, and processes. The purpose was to pull artists together to develop a common bond. This loosely organized group of visionaries laid the groundwork for our growth to almost 150 artists, now known as the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition (aka SVAC or “The Coalition”). Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition became a 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization in 2006 and was profiled in the May 2007 issue of Sedona Monthly Magazine.
The purpose of the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is to create a supportive visual arts community which provides educational, exploratory, and social opportunities. This community of professional and emerging artists from the greater Sedona area work in both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art, and encompasses many mediums: oils, acrylics, watercolor, fiber, wood, glass, clay, metal, film, and mixed media.
One goal of the Coalition is to embrace community by pushing the artistic envelope and, thus, create a dialogue between the artists and the public. To raise awareness we choose an important or controversial issue and create an annual exhibition about it. Past annual fall shows have dealt with topics such as 9/11, Aging, Water, Dreams, Housing, and Creativity, giving the community and SVAC members the opportunity to look at an issue through many different perspectives.
Monthly meetings are planned to share work and techniques, opportunities and events, and in general have a friendly inspiring experience. Most meetings consist of a brief business segment, then a 45 minutes – 1 hour presentation on a topic of interest to the general membership, followed by social time. Occasionally there are potlucks.
Supported by a grant from the Sedona Arts and Culture Commission, SVAC launched a Mentoring Program which partners Coalition members with local students and elders to work together on a one-on-one basis.
The organization has been involved with designing collaborative sculptures in the West Sedona Park; painting an art car for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art parade, representing artists on the Sedona Arts & Culture Commission, presenting candidates for the Arts Forum to Sedona’s City Council and initiating and writing art columns in local newspapers. We have organized tours to artists’ studios and foundries.
SVAC has made monetary contributions to the Sedona Art Center’s Community Gallery, the Verde Valley Sanctuary (shelter for women), Humane Society of Sedona, Canyon Moon Theatre and Gardens for Humanity. Some other activities that keep SVAC members active in our community include interactive artistic programs in conjunction with the Sedona Community Center and leading drives for the Sedona Food Bank and Toys for Tots programs.
The Scholarship Giving Program was initiated to offer an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior interested in pursuing higher education in the arts.
SVAC-sponsored exhibitions include the annual members’ exhibition in the fall and an Open Studios Tour Weekend and Season that begins each May. We have sponsored theme shows at various community locations including the Sedona City Hall, the Sedona Art & Technology Center at Yavapai College, Sedona Art Center, Old Market Place and at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village’s La Sala de los Milagros above Rene’s Restaurant. In 2007, SVAC partnered with the Sedona Public Library to produce two “Book Transformed” shows and two “Sustainable Visions” exhibitions, centered on ecological issues. In 2006, the “Behind Closed Doors” exhibition at the Sedona Art Center’s Community Gallery dealt with the subject of domestic abuse.
SVAC members provided art work for “Art in Public Places” sponsored by the Sedona Arts and Culture Commission and displayed at City Hall. The traveling exhibition, “Embracing Time: A Celebration Of Aging” was shown in Flagstaff, Tucson and Phoenix, as well as Sedona.
For information about current and upcoming events, please visit the EVENTS page.
Current members showcase images of their art work on their individual web page, which can include a link to their personal website. To submit data for your individual web page, please see instructions & specifications under the JOIN page.
- Post your exhibitions and workshops in the calendar & submit to the Art Blog.
- A digital Members Directory is distributed annually (printed by request).
- All members are eligible to submit art work for our non-juried and juried exhibitions and events.
- Periodic SVAC-sponsored workshops are made available to members for early registration.
- Receive the FYI community e-newsletter in your inbox
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Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will join us at a future SVAC event.
President: Julee Norton-Cohen
Vice President: Laura Pokorny
Secretary: Nancy Robb Dunst
Julie Ronning Talbot
Evelyn Albu, Membership Chair
Ann Crossland, Web Site Chair
Thom Dougherty, Facebook Administrator
Nancy Robb Dunst, Volunteer Coordinator
Melanie Lee, Press Corps Chair
Patty Miller, Mentor Program Coordinator
Diane Phelps & Louis Michalski, Scholarship Committee Chairs
The corporation is organized and shall operate for educational and charitable purposes. The goal of the organization is to develop an artist’s community and foster interest in the visual arts by encouraging area artists and the community through education, exhibitions, and exploration of the arts.