Wassenberg Art Center

Admission to Wassenberg Art Center is free (donations accepted).

  • Open: Saturday from 10am – 2pm; Tuesday – Friday from 1pm – 5pm (Thursday open until 9pm).
  • Location: (Map It) 214 S. Washington St. in Van Wert, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-238-6837
  • Web: https://wassenbergartcenter.org/

The Wassenberg Art Center is a not-for-profit community art center that presents an average of 10 admission-free exhibits annually. It offers art classes, workshops, unique events, and activities for adults and children throughout the year.

Charles Wassenberg gifted his home in 1954 after his death for the creation of a local art center. He and his wife Vera and many friends were avid art enthusiasts, and their combined love of art and architecture lives on and grows because of his generosity. One friend in particular, Lew Miller was instrumental in planning for the legacy of art to carry on in the Van Wert area.

Once housed in the Wassenberg Victorian-era home, it is now in the former Van Wert Armory, conveniently located on Washington Street (Interstate 127). In August of 2012, the armory property, which was scheduled to be demolished, was purchased just in time, saving the 12,000-square-foot facility from the wrecking ball. It has smoothly transitioned from a defense facility to that of visual arts and creative placemaking.

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