Building Community

The Show Gallery Lowertown

Have you heard? MSS is proud to be a founding partner of a unique, vibrant, art gallery in the heart of Lowertown St. Paul.

Integrated by Design

The Show Gallery Lowertown’s mission is to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities. This journey began when Winna Bernard, a social worker from Washington County, came into the ceramics studio at our Eagan center and saw a bowl that was made by MSS artist Connie Bassett. Winna went on to create The Show Nonprofit which features artists of all walks of life. Winna and MSS shared the dream of a gallery where artists of all backgrounds could display their work in a professional setting. Since then the gallery has grown from a small room to a cavernous gallery and now we are in a space of our very own. Our new location at 346 N. Sibley St. opened in September of 2016. Additional contributors include Springboard for the Arts and local artist TaCoumba Aiken.

The gallery includes a classroom space, gift shop, and features a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year including hosting artists for the St. Paul Art Crawl and Holiday Bazaar. Chloe Russell, a MSS Art Facilitator, organizes the Co Lab exhibition each year. This exhibition pairs up artists with and without disabilities to create unique collaborative work. In 2016 we were able to present the Bill Murray Choice Award. Through our connection with the St. Paul Saints, we asked Bill to choose his favorite piece of Co Lab artwork. The piece he selected happened to be made by MSS artists Tony Acevedo and Brittany Kappel!

Want more? Click here to watch a segment from KARE 11 where representatives of The Show Gallery Lowertown talk about our new gallery space, the grand opening and the Bill Murray Choice Award!

For more information visit the gallery's website or contact MSS Director of Arts Development Lauren Hughes at 651-454-9010 or lhughes@mwsservices.org

The Show Gallery Lowertown’s mission is to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities.

“The gallery is a collaborative, integrated, community driven space in the thick of the most happening area in downtown!”
- Jay McGregor