Mission & Board

Visual Arts Minnesota is an exhibiting 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves both artists and non-artists.  Each year we produce and host dozens of exhibits and events that benefit the creative community, creative youth, art patrons and audiences, and the careers of artists across Minnesota. Our mission statement is to:

“Foster a relevant and engaging visual culture in Minnesota through exhibitions and community partnerships.”


  • With various competitive, high-profile exhibits for mature artists,  artists from Minnesota are able to exhibit their most mature work to reputable jurors and the community.
  • Since 1980, the High School Art Recognition Exhibition has showcased the works of area students in a fun and competitive setting.
  • Visual Arts Minnesota manages three ArtScope Community Galleries (America Red Cross,  Center for Pain Management, and Falcon National Bank)  artists have opportunities to exhibit their work in professional non-gallery environments, allowing for even more opportunities to gain the attention of art buyers.
  • In 2011, Visual Arts Minnesota launched its first FYi Professional Development workshop weekend to bring some of top arts organizations, museums, gallery owners to a group of artists interested in expanding their career options.


Executive Director: Christopher Zlatic

Art Scope Community Gallery Manager: Sarah Drake


Board of Directors:

Shane Mahon, President, Artist

Regan Stommes, Secretary, Opportunity Matters CEO

Ellen Nelson, Board Member, Paramount Gallery Manager


Visual Arts Minnesota’s office is located at the Artist Bindery in the old Quad Graphics building, 660 Mayhew Lake Rd NE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Enter at Door D, around the side of the building.

Mailing Address:

PO Box 972

St. Cloud, MN 56302


To contact us or to set up an appointment, contact:

Phone: 320-230-8000

E-mail: vam@visualartsminnesota.org