Shenandoah Valley Art Center was founded in 1986 by a group of local artists. They were looking for exhibit space and a fellowship organization for artists. Over the years SVAC has grown into a cultural cornerstone of downtown Waynesboro. In 2005 we bought our building at 122 S. Wayne Avenue and renovated it from the ground up. After moving in in 2007 we have continued to grow, and we purchased an additional building for expansion- it is adjacent to our current building, located at 416 W. Main Street, and will allow us to grow without having to relocate. We expect to complete renovations in 2020.
We are the only Community Art Center in our area, and the only full time dedicated exhibition gallery in Waynesboro. We have about 10 main exhibits per year, 9 member's exhibits, and 4-6 community exhibits. We host weekly children's classes, summer art camps, and a variety of adult classes and workshops each year. We have 7 studios with 9 artists in residence as well as a pottery studio and printmaking equipment. Our members may also benefit from our fully equipped framing studio.
We are funded through memberships, foundation and community grants, and donations from artists and art lovers. Here’s a link to support us.
We also plan and present the largest two day art festival in the Shenandoah Valley: the Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show, now in its 49th year. The Fall Foliage Art Show features 150 juried fine artists, local music, gourmet food trucks, and regional craft beer.
SVAC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.