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Art studio at Verge Center for The Arts

Pushing the boundaries and testing the threshold of what is considered the “norm” is what comes to mind when I think of contemporary art. That’s why Verge Center for the Arts is perfectly named.

VCA is an art center providing several unique but necessary qualities for any thriving city; a sort of meeting of the artistic minds, if you will. Founded in 2009 by Jesse Powell, the VCA quickly made a name for itself by highlighting and honoring upscale contemporary art. Powell’s vision quite literally outgrew its space, and in 2010 VCA moved to a 22,000-square-foot warehouse at the corner of S and 7th streets in downtown Sacramento, and became a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization. The warehouse is pretty much a blank canvas and is still currently under construction. Twenty-three art studios and a one-of-a-kind print-making facility are set up. VCA is hoping to be complete by spring, but can’t give an exact date, as they are raising funds little by little.

Print station at Verge Center for The Arts.

Warehouse at Verge Center for The Arts
Construction at Verge Center for The Arts

I had the pleasure of meeting with VCA’s executive director, Liv Moe, to get a tour of the center and learn more about their exciting expansion. As we were walking through the space it was so cold that I could almost see my breath. It’s a far cry from the vibrant and alive space we can both imagine as we continue on the tour. "It’s like building a bike and trying to ride it at the same time," Moe says.

I was a little intimidated going into this meeting, as I am clearly not an art expert and probably know the least about contemporary art, at that. I do have a deep appreciation for the arts and have been fortunate enough to travel the world and see some outstanding art. One of my favorite memories is spending 10 hours at the Louvre Museum with my grandma, an experience I will never forget.

Moe definitely fits the part of the executive director at VCA. She looks like an artist, with a creative personality and spirit. She is kind, with a straight-to-the-point way about her that is informative but not intimidating. If you are taking classes at California State University, Sacramento, next semester look for her teaching an art appreciation course.

Liv Moe.

VCA is a great combination of all the senses combined. As a career or up-and-coming artist, you can rent a studio space for a great price. There is a catch: to be able to rent a studio space, your art and resume must be reviewed by the VCA board, and yes, you can be denied. The reasoning behind this practice is that VCA wants to give each artist the best possible environment to grow, which includes working and interacting with other truly great artists. "We are looking for an artist that can show progress and promise," explains Moe. With the expansion complete, there will be 40 art studios in all.

The Verge Center for the Arts offers so much more to Sacramento then studio space at a great price. There will be nearly 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, a library lounge and a space where various classes, workshops, events and lectures will be held. 

Celebrate the sucess of Verge Center for the Arts’ Kickstarter at their "July in January" party on Saturday, Jan. 26. For ticket information, or simply to join the dialogue and learn more about VCA visit www.vergeart.com.


Editor’s note: Join The Sacramento Press on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Chops Steakhouse to honor Journalism Open winners. Get tickets!

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