Our Story

The Wassenberg Art Center is a not for profit community art center which presents an average of 10 admission-free exhibits annually. We offer 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 located in the newly renovated Van Wert Armory conveniently located on Washington Street (Interstate 127). In August of 2012, the Van Wert County Foundation purchased the armory property which was scheduled to be demolished. The 12,000 square foot facility, saved from the wrecking ball has made a smooth transition from to proponent of turbulent times to the creation of the visual arts and creative placemaking. 

The Wassenberg Art Center and its mission continue today in part from the Wassenberg trust, the Van Wert County Foundation, community support, donations and membership dues.