About CVA


The Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit visual arts organization working to engage people in the visual arts and add to the livability of the Wausau regional community. We do this through our free exhibits in four professional gallery spaces, offering art classes for children and adults through the CVA School of Art, selling original artist work in our gift shop, and collaborating with other local organizations and businesses to enrich the community. 

The CVA participates in the community through Wausau Events programs, ChalkFest, Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, and offering free kids activities at many different events. We also dedicate the Loft Gallery to exhibits for local groups such as the Wisconsin Valley Art Association and Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild. Aside from these great happenings, the CVA also offers unique events to the community such as The Art of Wine and Artfully Adjusted.

To successfully operate these endeavors, the CVA depends on funding through grants, sponsorship, donations, membership, and priceless volunteer time.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CVA is "to engage people in the visual arts and add to the livability of the Wausau regional community." We are proud of our reputation as a recognized art center and we are dedicated to promoting local and regional artists in our Galleries, Gift Shop, and CVA School of Art. 


Contact Us

Center For the Visual Arts
427 N. 4th St., Wausau, WI 54403
phone: 715.842.4545
email: info@cvawausau.org

Gallery & Gift Shop: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Gallery: Saturday 12pm - 4pm    Gift Shop: Saturday 10am - 4pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays

*Holiday Hours (from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve)
Monday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday & Friday 10am - 6pm
Gallery: Saturday 12pm - 4pm    Gift Shop: Saturday 10am - 4pm


The Center for the Visual Arts is located at 427 N 4th Street in downtown Wausau, next to the Grand Theater. The Gift Shop is located in the Third Street Lifestyle center in downtown Wausau across from Second Peek Boutique in Suite 108.


  • From Interstate 39 (US Hwy 51), exit on Bridge Street (Exit 193).

  • Turn east (down the hill) onto Bridge Street and continue 1-1/2 miles on Bridge Street, over the Wisconsin River bridge, to 5th Street.

  • Turn right (south) on 5th Street. Proceed ten blocks to Scott Street.

  • Turn right (west) on Scott. The Center is on the left at the corner of Scott and 4th Street.

  • From Interstate 39 to 5th Street is approximately 1-1/2 miles; on the west side of the bridge the crossroads are Avenues, once over the bridge they are streets.