HISTORY OF THE SEDONA ARTISTS’ COALITION
In 1996, Nancy Robb Dunst brought together a handful of artists to develop an artistic community. This loosely organized group of visionaries has grown to almost 125 artists and is now known as the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition (SVAC). In 2006, SVAC established itself as a 501c3, non-profit, educational and charitable organization.
The goal of Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is to develop an artists’ community and foster interest in the visual arts by encouraging area artists and the community through education, exhibitions, and exploration of the arts.
SVAC members participated in “Art in Public Places” events sponsored by the Sedona Arts and Culture Commission and numerous members have displayed at City Hall over the years. The traveling exhibition, “Embracing Time: A Celebration of Aging” was shown in Flagstaff, Tucson, Phoenix and Sedona.
We manage and promote two Annual Open Studios Tours. The Spring Tour is always the last full weekend in April and the Fall Tour is always the last full weekend in October. 40 to 50 SVAC artists open their studio doors to the general public, displaying and demonstrating a wide range of mediums. It has been designated a Signature Event by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and is attended by people from throughout the state and country.
We hold an Annual Member’s Exhibition, usually in the early spring. The Exhibition is in the planning stages so stay tuned for announcements about this wonderful event.
For more information about current and upcoming SVAC sponsored events, please visit the Open Studios page or the Annual Exhibition page.
Benefits of Membership
Periodic meetings are planned to share art work, techniques, opportunities, events and to provide a friendly and inspiring atmosphere for our members. Please see instructions and specifications on the JOIN SVAC Page. Meetings can consist of presentations on a topic of interest or field trips to artist’s studios. There is always time to socialize and make new friends.
Current members can showcase images of their art work on the SVAC web page. The artist listing can include a link to a personal website, along with pertinent contact information. To submit data for your individual web page, please see instructions and specifications on the JOIN SVAC page.
Other key benefits include:
Participate in our bi-annual Open Studios Tours and the Annual Exhibition
Participation in meetings, programs, and other activities
Opportunity to serve on any of our active committees
Network with other members in our dynamic organization