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The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento art region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists.
Verge opened in 2009 as a private art gallery owned by Jesse Powell. It was hailed for its upscale approach to contemporary art, often compared with New York's finest galleries. It was considered a leader in the Sacramento arts scene with national recognition. As Powell's vision for the gallery expanded beyond the ability of the space, he gathered leaders from the community to help him build something even more exceptional.
In 2010 VCA relocated to a 22,000 square foot warehouse in the heart of downtown Sacramento, and is now a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Recognizing Sacramento's desire for a thriving contemporary arts center, Powell led the formation of a new, nonprofit venture that will house artist studios on site, provide expansive gallery space, feature community education, and provide a one-of-a-kind printmaking lab.
In 2013, Verge received the opportunity to purchase its building, with help from private investors and the Northern California Community Loan Fund. Verge also received a grant of $50,000 from the City of Sacramento in support of the building purchase. Renovations began in September 2013, with our re-opening scheduled for June 2014.
From the moment VCA opened, its programming and exhibitions have been critically acclaimed in Art in America , Arts and Culture , and the Sacramento Bee , among others. The new gallery will include 6,000 square feet of exhibition space. With 20-foot high ceilings and polished concrete floors, this space offers opportunities for the community to experience installation and performance art, sound and video, and other contemporary art forms unable to be exhibited in the Sacramento area.
Verge’s educational programs provide the community with opportunities to explore experimental mediums for both kids and adults. Verge strives to match contemporary exhibitions with ancillary programming such as films, performances, workshops and classes to create a deeper understanding of contemporary art practices and conceptual ideas. Art making and engagement with conteporary art concepts is a key part of Verge's mission.