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Help us help the Lakota people at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota stay warm.
We are looking for donations of cash, space heaters, coats and blankets! 

• Click the DONATE button to donate cash directly. 100% of dollars donated go to purchasing space heaters and propane.
• Bring new or gently used, clean coats, blankets or new electric space heaters to the Wassenberg Art Center
 214 S. Washington St. Van Wert by December 15. 

• Oglala Lakota, Jackson, and Bennetts counties that make up the 2 million acres of the reservation are the poorest counties in the entire U.S.

• 97% of residents live below federal poverty line

• Unemployment 85% to 95%

• Death rate from heart disease:
2-times national average

• Infant mortality rate highest on this continent
– 300% higher than national average

• High death rate due to hypothermia

• Median income $4000

• 60% housing is substandard lacking running water, electric or proper insulation

• Life expectancy, 45-52 years of age

• Over half the population deals with alcoholism

44th Annual Photography Exhibit
October 7 – November 7

Welcome to the 44th Annual Wassenberg Art Center Photography Exhibit. We’re keeping our categories fresh so you feast your eyes! This regional exhibit opens on October 7 with an opening reception from 6 – 9 p.m.  and will be on view through November 7. Regular gallery hours are: Tuesday – Sunday 1– 5 p.m. and Thursdays 1 – 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Entry is always free and open to the public. 

32nd Annual Artists’ Exhibit
Call for Art!
November 10, 11, 12, & 13

It’s time once again to celebrate those who make us who we are: The 32nd Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale! A $30 artist WAC membership fee gets you the opportunity to display your artwork for a month during the holiday season. Please submit your work and entry form on November 10, 11, 12 or 13. You may enter 5 pieces. This exhibit will be judged for awards, all art will be accepted. Click below to download the entry form. Join us for this holiday art tradition at the Wassenberg Art Center, your advocate in local, regional and national art for generations. 

Visit Blink! 

Blink is an interactive hands-on sculpture which can be animated by visitors. Blink is available 24 hours along the Wassenberg Glow Path behind the building. Check it out!

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ArtReach is back! Our after-school art program is back on its feet for the school year!

Students will be provided relevant and professional art instruction and will build memories of one of their community’s greatest assets, the Wassenberg Art Center. Our main mission with this program is to provide youth with a deeper understanding of the crucial roles art plays in all aspects of life from decorative arts, design, fine art, performance, crafts, and to underscore there are many avenues to explore in the field.We are now accepting students for 2021. Classes meet on Tuesdays (ages 7–11) and Thursdays (ages 12 and up). Young artists receive a snack, then get on to making art! Class times are: 3:30 – 5 p.m. and follow the Van Wert City Schools calendar.

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Art & Pint Night: Thursdays

Make art, make merry. Pint nights are now EVERY Thursday night 6 –9:00 p.m. We will have some art projects and supplies available and trying new brews/wines. Play music? Let us know. Music makes it even better!

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Our Mission

The Wassenberg Art Center is to be a catalyst for creative expansion through art.
With an open, diverse approach, our programs reach out to inspire creative
interaction for all.