watermark new buildingWatermark Art Center (WAC) is a non-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art in our community. Watermark provides gallery space for exhibitions, author readings and  workshops. We display national, regional and local artists in group exhibits, solo shows and installations.

Watermark began as the Bemidji Community Arts Center (BCAC). It was founded in 1982 after a merger between The Bemidji Community Arts Council, Inc. (established in 1970) and the Bemidji Art Center Association. In October of 2012, the BCAC purchased the former Lakeside Luekens grocery store located across the street from its previous home in the historic Carnegie Library on the shores of Lake Bemidji. In February of 2014, the BCAC changed its name to the Watermark Art Center. Watermark moved into its new location in the former Lakeside Luekens grocery store in December 2017.

Watermark is proud to serve as a resource for the artist, art enthusiast, art buyer, and community as a whole.

Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 4 p.m. (seasonal, Memorial Day until Labor Day Weekend)


505 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601

Watermark Art Center strives to increase art awareness by:

  • serving as an arts communication network
  • providing an arts facility for the community and artists
  • presenting and sponsoring quality art exhibits
  • organizing art festivals
  • generating active community participation
  • coordinating with other art organizations for a stronger arts community

Valuing a vibrant community, the Watermark Art Center’s mission is to nurture the growth, development of, and access to the visual arts in Northern Minnesota.

Watermark Art Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.