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Tuesday – Sunday 1–5 p.m. Thursdays: 1– 9 p.m.
Contact info@wassenbergartcenter.org if you would like to request an appointment.

Summer Camps are here!   •  Van Wert Farm & Art Market starts June 23!

Seeking Consignment Artists
Going on now

We are redesigning our gift area and we love to represent local and regional artists like you. We are seeking handmade items such as jewelry, scarves and accessories, functional sculptures, and fiber art, handblown glass, orginal 2D work, original gift cards and multi-media items. If you are a maker, artist, or tinkerer and would like to have your work represented, click the button below to find out how to apply. It's easy.  

Call for Entry!
62nd Annual June Art Exhibit
May 19, 20, 21

Bring us your creations!

For 62 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted the Annual June Art Exhibit and we are truly back home. One of the first June Art Exhibits was hosted right here in our still new-to-us home, the former Van Wert Armory. While we embrace change, it’s good to come home to one of our favorite traditions; The Annual June Art Exhibit. This form contains complete rules, entry forms and labels. Entries will be accepted Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18, 19, 20, 2018 from
1 – 5 p.m. Entry is open to all artists 18 and older. A non-refundable fee of $25 for Wassenberg Art Center members or $30 for non-members entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. $1,300 in total cash prizes will be awarded. Free, public, opening party: June 9, 6–9 p.m. 

Annual High School Invitational
April 22 – May 13 

Going on Now.

Join us for another celebration of the work of young artists in our region. Area high school students will once again come together and showcase their creative work and open our eyes to some of their world. 

Joining us for a mini-concert will be the High School Alternative Rock Band, Radithor, from tiny Millbury, Ohio. Radithor, 6-high school freshmen, were recently chosen to compete in the national High School Rock Off at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. Check them out! 

62nd Annual June Art Exhibit
June 9–July 8

Representing the Region's Best


For 62 years the Wassenberg Art Center has hosted the Annual June Art Exhibit. This year's opening party will celebrate the near completion of the Wassenberg Art Park. One of the first June Art Exhibits was hosted right here in the former Van Wert Armory. While we embrace change, it’s good to come home to one of our favorite traditions; The Annual June Art Exhibit. A free, public, opening party will be hosted June 9, 6–9 p.m. with gourmet appetizers, live music and cash bar.

Join the Wassenberg ArtFitter Fund!
419.238.6837

Grain Bin Concession Stand!

Nod to agriculture

Whoo Hoo! Thank you to Kenn-Feld Group of Van Wert for their more than generous donation! We now can upgrade our grain bin with all the fixins. What better way to celebrate and blend art and agriculture? Kudos to the Bollenbacher family who donated their grain bin!This quaint and permanent concession stand will provide a hub for beverages, food, tickets, information and many other uses. We can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Adopt a lil Glow Pebble

This little light of mine
has a new gig!

It's not the size of the stone but size of the waves we can make.
Over 60 generous and out of the box thinkers and have generously donated to our glow pebble fund through our Go Fund Me drive. Thank you all! 

We are still taking donations for these lil guys because they know their stuff and they aren't cheap! We've covered just about half the cost of these glowing little devils. Donors to the glow path will have their name (if that's ok) engraved on a plaque as a pebble adopter, which will be hung in a prominent area. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/adopt-a-glowpebble to donate! Thank you.

Sculptural Shade Structure
Sit a spell and chill.

Adopt a Sculptural Shade Structure: Three dramatic 15–18-foot high “trees” constructed out of re-bar and inspired by those installed at the Getty Center in LA and the solar “Super Trees” in Singapore. The trees will be planted with the profusely flowering white Autumn Clematis vine and up-light them with color changing LED lights. They are to be placed they will be visible from Interstate 127/N. Washington Street where their glow will beckon visitors and passersby to stop, get out of their cars and take in what Van Wert has to offer. Donors will receive a brass name plaque mounted in a highly visible area on the tree, four free tickets to a ticketed Wassenberg event and one free business rental ($500 value) at the Wassenberg Art Center.
Each shade structure has been quoted at: $8000.

The Magic Crystal

Spins like a top

The Spinning Crystal: Usually these interactive, spinning boulders are made out of quartz and can look positively magical. Better yet, they spin, easily on bearings on a sturdy post so even the very young can move mountains!

Kinectic, Interactive Sculpture

Match for potential grant

Who Can See the Wind?: We can. With the help of a wind-powered kinetic sculpture similar to the one pictured here. We have many sources to create something really neat and wouldn't it be cool if it could supply wind-power? 
$20,000.

Wind Chime Arch 

Wind chime Arch: With Bandit patrolling one end of the bridge, why not tap into the audio senses with some delicate wind chimes fashioned in keeping with our portal-style approach? We have an arch in the front of the art center, which transitions to you the experience of art; what a great way to consistently enter a vibrant world! Research is ongoing on this idea, but if you like where it’s going...let’s brainstorm and make it happen!

Our Mission

The Wassenberg Art Center endeavors to be a catalyst for creative expansion through art. With an open, diverse approach to art, our programs outreach to inspire interaction in the arts for all area cultures and communities.

Town Creek Live 7-21-2018 

July Here we go. Rubber duckies, gourmet food, interactive art, performance art & live music. How can one go wrong? Town Creek Live brings good times to Van Wert. 

A unique blend of performing art, interactive visual art, music, gourmet food and silliness is just what you ordered, right here at home. Main Street Van Wert and the Wassenberg Art Center team up every year to power this growing event.

Adopt a duckie for a chance to win $1500 and other prizes in the annual Town Creek Duck Derpy. Proceeds of duck sales are shared between Main Street Van Wert, the Wassenberg Art Center and a community charity.

Plenty of gourmet food trucks, great, live musical acts.

Experience our interactive, Art Exhibit. Each year is something new. Caricature artists, interactive art projects and much more. Note! New date 7/21/18.

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Summer Camps are here!

Three Unique Sessions

For 2018 we will offer three separate summer camps. Each session will offer different, thought provoking projects such as Squiggle wire portraits, felted bugs, monster masks, life-size sunflowers and mandalas. Instructor Emilie Fisher, MFA from St. Francis College is an experienced summer art camp instructor. Emilie has taught the last few years at notable camps in Indiana and Ohio.

Session 1: June 12–16
Ages 5–11: 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 12 & up: 1–3 p.m.
Instructor: Emilie Fisher

Session 2: July 17–20
Ages 5–11: 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 12 & up: 1–3 p.m.
Instructor: Emilie Fisher

Session 2: July 30–August 3
Ages 5–11: 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 12 & up: 1–3 p.m.
Instructor: Emilie Fisher

Space is limited, and scholarships are available, please call 419.238.6837 to inquire or request a scholarship.
Costs per session are: WAC members $40 and Regular cost $45
Call 419.238.6837 or email info@wassenbergartcenter.org for more information.