WELCOME TO AZ GALLERY - LOWERTOWN
WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE GALLERY?
An art cooperative (or co-op) is a collection of artists working together, making all the decisions regarding the operation of a shared gallery space. This translates to an artist being involved at a much deeper level than if they were being represented by a commission model gallery.
At AZ Gallery, we work together to build a diverse monthly rotation of guest artists, group shows, invitationals and juried exhibitions. We pride ourselves on offering a slightly crude and historic space, as we intentionally choose to remain a flexible, working artist gallery. We deliberately curate our space and our shows to be comfortable for everyone.
To build an alliance of members with a shared passion for the arts; to advocate, promote, and chronicle the arts in Minnesota.
Through collaboration, create opportunities for community participation in publicly accessible art events; contributing to the art & culture experience in Saint Paul.
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A LITTLE HISTORY GOES A LONG WAY
In the late 1980s, the warehouses of Lowertown were revitalized with the purpose of building a space in which artists could both live and work affordably.
In 1989, the City of Saint Paul invited Artspace to redevelop the six-story warehouse built in 1908 by the Northern Pacific Railway. The result was the Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative (NWAC), a self-governing, democratically run artists’ cooperative, one of the first such live-work spaces in the country to be developed. Pretty cool!