Sunday, January 1, 2017

Carolyn Payne, Executive Director and Chief Instigator at SooVAC

Hello! This is Jackson and welcome to the third interview and first interview of 2017 on my art blog, 3 Art Questions With Jackson. This time I interviewed Carolyn Payne. She is Executive Director and Chief Instigator at SooVAC and a nice person. I have known her for a long time.

Jackson: How old were you when you first realized that art was important to you?

CarolynOh, that’s a hard one. My mother is an artist and my grandmother was an artist and I grew up going to museums and looking at art books. I probably didn’t start going to anything on my own until I was a teenager and haven’t stopped since. I found so much solace hanging out at the MIA as a teen when I was a bit of a misfit and I think that’s probably when I started to realize how much art meant to me.

Jackson: What is the best part of working in an art gallery?

CarolynI love working with artists and getting to know their work in a deeper way. And of course, to be surrounded by art all the time. I also really love designing and installing shows. My coworker, Alison Hiltner, and I have developed our own language and the days we spend laying out shows that have been in the works for a year or more are some of my favorites.

Jackson: I like to paint but I like installation art best. What kind of art do you like best?

CarolynI don’t know if I have a favorite medium. I seem to be drawn to painting lately, especially watercolor and gouache. I just curated a show that included a lot of paintings by Lindsay Smith at a CITIES Market Studios, one of our outside exhibition spaces, and I still can’t stop thinking about them. I become so immersed in the layers of color and feel transported into those places she has created.


  1. What a wonderful interview, Jackson! It is so refreshing to see a young man as yourself chase his dreams. You have a remarkable talent and tremendous opportunity to go far in your endeavors. It's an honor to follow along your journey. Looking forward to seeing more!

    Jamie + Emma (@emmalinesmom)

  2. Jackson just saw this! Thanks so very much Jamie and Emma, compliments mean a great deal coming from you.