The Art Center of Waco was established in October of 1972 as a visual arts facility for the community with the purpose providing a space for exhibitions, classes, and creative activities. 

Prior to 1972, Waco was the only city in Texas with a population of more than 60,000 that did not have a permanent visual arts facility available to its citizens. The founders of The Art Center wished to offer the Waco community a place where art appreciation was encouraged and accessible, and where people could expand their creativity and artistic skills. The founders did so when they created The Art Center of Waco.

As the Center outgrew the storefront building that had formerly housed the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees raised funds to renovate the historic William Cameron summer house as a permanent facility and moved to the McLennan Community College campus in April 1976.

Today, The Art Center continues to operate from the Cameron house, offering rotating exhibitions, classes for children and adults, and participating in community events around Waco. We seek to carry on the legacy of our organization through providing our visitors unique opportunities to experience the visual arts.