In Our Gallery

The Willmar Education and Arts Center
611 Fifth St SW, Willmar, MN

The Willmar Education and Arts Center, located in what was once the Willmar Senior High School, is a facility for both community arts events and the Willmar Public Schools district office. The building houses an art exhibition gallery and a 750-seat performance auditorium. Over the past 25 years continual efforts have been made to improve the facility for arts related purposes. A rehearsal hall, green room, and a performance shell for the stage with a state of the art sound system make it a welcoming venue for performances. The gallery space, located in the lobby area, is used for showcasing works by students of the Willmar Public Schools from February through May and exhibitions arranged by the Willmar Area Arts Council June through January.


We at The Willmar Area Arts Council stand in awe of Mary LaPatka’s art exhibit now hanging at WEAC! Because WEAC is closed indefinitely, we have added the same show for you to view and enjoy in a virtual format below. It is truly an educational exhibit as well because she teaches you about “Botanical Art” with textual slides.  Many, if not most of us, were not even aware that this field of artistic expression existed, perhaps you aren’t either. Welcome and enjoy the show!

John Kellen’s show, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words still remains next to Mary’s. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth your time to view it now before it’s gone!

Too small to see the slides well? Once the show has started ,Just tap “full screen” arrows icon at bottom right.