The Artistic services branch of the Paramount Visual Arts Center includes:
The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center has two exhibition spaces available for public use. The Theatre Lobby Gallery is located in the renovated Paramount Theatre portion of the facility. This space is elegant and has approximately 80,000 visitors annually. The space prioritizes group exhibitions and has some restrictions of availability and space. There is a $300 fee for exhibitions in this space (4-6 weeks).
Studio C is a gallery and meeting space located in the Paramount Visual Arts Center. It is available for individual and group exhibitions. There is no fee for use of this space but does have some restrictions.
The Paramount Visual Arts Center is excited to offer artists the opportunity to have their work professionally photographed at a very reasonable rate! For $25.00 you will have 30 minutes with local photographer Carol Weiler, who will take high quality images of your work, which can be used for cataloging, submission of grants, or for your personal use. You are welcome to bring several pieces (depending on the medium and your needs, Carol is typically able to photograph 2 or 3 pieces in one 30 minute session) and you will walk away with a disc of your images in both JPEG and RAW formats.
Our next sessions are Monday May 20 from Noon-4pm and Tuesday May 21 5-8pm. Space is limited so contact us today to reserve your spot! (320) 257-5928
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
-The Paramount Visual Arts Center provides along history of professional development for artists including:
-Workshops with Master Artists
-Artist in Residency Program
-Art Club incubation and meeting space
-Internships for High School and College level students
-Opportunities for teaching and collaboration
As a community arts center, the staff of the Paramount has worked to provide opportunities for and has interacted with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. We engage in the creation and project management of Public Art and donor walls utilizing local artists. In designing murals for the public, we have taken the approach of research and collaboration.
• 2007 Historic Restoration at the Paramount Theater and Visual Arts Center. The Paramount Visual Arts Center recreated the historical tiles for the front of the Paramount facility to match the rest of the 1921 tile on the building.
• 2008 West House at St Cloud Fire Department Station 2, “Veteran’s Station” (8’ 4’) is located on the former VA grounds, they wished to have a historical reference and theme. We utilized the resources and collection of the Stearns History Museum and worked with staff to locate photos from their collection. After several visits and discussions, one photograph became the topic of their mural. The 1887 photograph is the Hook and Ladder Company, St. Cloud Fire Department in front of West House
• 2008 Maltese Cross St Cloud Fire Department Station 2, Truck Bay
We continued with the historic theme is this 9’ x9’ mural inspired by the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross in the mural was inspired by an old Fireman’s Ball button that measured one inch that is part of the Stearns History Museum permanent collection. The decorative corner pieces are based on the Erin Fox restored antique fire truck.
• 2008 Ox Bow St Cloud Fire Department Station 5: River Bluffs Regional Park wished to incorporate the ox bow in the river next to them as a unique feature in their surroundings. We designed the mural as a topographical map of the ox bow and utilized a local environmental study to identify and include species of concern within the mural.
• 2008 Silhouette St Cloud Fire Department Station 5 is a 14’ x 4’ mural depicting the fire fighters at a house fire. The image is based on photographs taken at station one of the firefighters in full gear.
• 2009 East Side Boys and Girls Club, Donor Wall Based on the cobblestone floor in the old Eastside Building the pavers create a path to the new Building linking past and present.
• 2009 Boys Scouts’ Miller Castle at Camp Parker in Brainerd, MN. The Donors names were incorporated into the castle in a medieval theme that honors the donors and fit the style of the castle.
• 2011 Natural Life on the Mississippi
The Paramount Visual Arts Center has been commissioned by the St Cloud Civic Center to create the feature wall in the newly expanded Rivers Edge Convention Center. The feature wall in the new west main entry is a two-story depiction of the Mississippi River’s ecosystem in Central Minnesota. The feature wall will be an educational, informational, artistic celebration of St Cloud’s unique location on the Mississippi River.
The work is a cross-section of the river allowing viewers to see under-water, shoreline and above ground plants, animals, fish, insects and birds native to this region. Melissa Gohman, Visual Arts director for the Paramount Arts Resourse Trust, created the original concept. Together with artist Willicey Tynes the concept was brought to reality on canvas. Great Care was taken to represent many different species native to Central Minnesota.
The feature wall is a combination of paint and ceramic tile. The combination of two-dimensional paint and low relief carved tile creates a sense of depth and layering which is difficult to achieve with paint alone. Lead artist Willicey Tynes was assisted by artist Dan Mondloch and apprentices Ivy Brooks, Alexis Walcome, and Laura Ruprecht began the process by painting the majority of the mural from photographs taken in the region by Melissa and Willicey.
Tile features were hand crafted by ceramic artist Melissa Gohman, along with her team members Solveig Anderson, Lisa Knaak, Laura Ruprecht and Amanda Hegreberg in the Paramount studios. The tile was applied to the wall and then painted back into the scene to ensure a flawless integration. A key will be published identifying many of the plants, animals, trees, fish and insects for use as an educational tool informing veiwers of the bounty of species that are native in Center Minnesota. Special Thanks to Camp Ripley’s Environmental Office for consultation on the representation of native species. Biology Professor James Poff from St John’s University for written support of educational materials. Additional space for creation of the large ceramic Bur Oak tree was donated by Dan Borgert.
• 2012 Tied to the River
The Paramount Visual Arts Center partnered with local business Mahowald Financial Partners and the Central Minnesota Arts Board to create a sculpture in downtown St. Cloud. The 12-foot sculpture, designed by the Paramount’s Visual Arts Director Melissa Gohman, is a mosaic depiction of the Mississippi River in glass based on a painting by local artist Bela Petheo.
Mahowald Financial Partners contributed $10,000 for the creation of a Mahowald Plaza sculpture to be produced by the Paramount VAC. The CMAB awarded a Legacy Amendment grant for $5,000 to cover additional expenses.
The design was inspired by ancient water symbols and the eternity symbol. It refers to the complexity of the water cycle and eternal flow of the river. This sculpture is intended to be a reminder and a celebration of the unique geographic location of the St. Cloud on the Mississippi River.