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Exterior shot of the newly renovated former Van Wert Armory which now houses the Wassenberg Art Center.

Van Wert art center opens new facility

The following is a statement issued Saturday by the Wassenberg Art Center:

The Wassenberg Art Center will be officially opening their new facility located in the newly renovated, former Van Wert Armory on November 17 with a public open house running from 1–5 p.m. The new address is 214 South Washington Street in Van Wert. The building was purchased by the Van Wert County Foundation in August of 2012 when it was then scheduled for demolition. Regular exhibit hours are 1–5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday.

Coinciding with opening will be the presentation of a 12-foot high portal created out of hand-forged steel by international sculptor, Michael Bendele of Delphos.

The art center will also launch the public opening of the 24th Annual Artists’ Exhibit & Sale, which features works of regional and national artists and will be on view through December 20.

Third, the permanent exhibit, Faces of Little Bighorn will be revealed. Faces of Little Bighorn features the artwork of the late David Humphreys Miller, formerly of Van Wert who, as a young teenager became fascinated with the battle and started interviewing Lakota survivors of that pivotal American battle. His life’s work encompass hundreds of painted portraits of the Lakota Sioux and Plains Indians and includes murals painted at the Citadel Military College in South Carolina, book illustration and other commissioned work. In addition Miller authored two books titled, Custer’s Fall and Ghost Dance. Custer’s Fall details accounts through direct interviews of native American survivors of the battle from their perspective. Miller consulted and starred in many famous Western films with noted stars such as John Wayne. This exhibit consists of several original paintings, sketches, movie posters and film footage. The Robert Brent Stevens Family has loaned the collection to the Wassenberg Art Center on a long-term basis and will be a permanent exhibit. It will be the only exhibit of this accomplished artist and historian’s work in the nation.

If you have any questions regarding exhibits, classes or programs or would like to get involved please call the Wassenberg Art Center at: 419.238.6837, email: or you may visit us online at:

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