Willamette Art Center: A Place to Learn and Grow in the Arts

The Willamette Art Center is an artists’ oasis tucked amidst the oaks of the Oregon State Fairgrounds. It is Salem’s only community art center for hands-on activities in art, with a primary focus of ceramics. The Willamette Art Center’s programming, services, and activities revolve around three main areas: art education and promotion, art opportunity and the betterment of the community through art. These services and activities are accomplished by offering exciting classes, workshops, studio workspace for the independent artist, the Artisans’ Village at the Oregon State Fair, Family Clay Sundays and the Empty Bowls sale to benefit Marion Polk Food Share.


The Friends encourage lifelong learning and exploration of the arts as a vital ingredient for the health of individuals and communities.


WAC’s programming is focused on access to the arts, promoting the arts, and improving the community.

  • WAC classes and workshops (scholarships available)
  • Family Clay Sunday (minimal pricing to encourage community use)
  • Studio availability
  • Artist in Residence programs in the schools
  • School field trips
  • Empty Bowls event which benefits Marion Polk Food Share
  • Artisans’ Village at the Oregon State Fair


We offer art classes, events, and fun for all ages at the WAC…

  • Take an Art Class
  • Make Ceramics
  • Throw a Birthday Party
  • Paint your own Pottery
  • Try Raku Firing
  • Enjoy a project at Family Clay Sunday with your kids
  • Make some Art, with daily or monthly passes
  • Host a Corporate or Club “Arty Party”
  • Join us at the Artisan’s Village during the Oregon State Fair
  • Celebrate Graduations and Anniversaries

We’re always looking for members, students, and donors. If you love hands-on art and would like to see Salem continue its long tradition of offering quality art classes to one and all, then come on over and see what we’re all about. Have some fun at the WAC!


Meetings are necessary for the smooth running of the WAC. Our board meetings are generally open to the public and we have at least one membership meeting each year. The board meeting is usually held during the second week of the month. Meeting times vary, so please check our calendar to verify the specific day and time. You can view past meeting minutes here.