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.


OUR MISSION

To build an alliance of members with a shared passion for the arts; to advocate, promote, and chronicle the arts in Minnesota.

OUR VISION

Through collaboration, create opportunities for community participation in publicly accessible art events; contributing to the art & culture experience in Saint Paul.


INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER?

For many, the iconic warehouses in Lowertown, Saint Paul are little more than beautiful historic structures, but they are actually an important cultural resource for the arts community as well.

For many, the iconic warehouses in Lowertown, Saint Paul are little more than beautiful historic structures, but they are actually an important cultural resource for the arts community as well.


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!