Pontiac Community Art Center

The Pontiac Community Art Center nurtures the creativity found within the collection of artists and art groups located in the City of Pontiac and surrounding area.  The Art Center is a studio, teaching space, gallery, and retail sales outlet for locally produced work.  We invite you to visit our store and see the wide variety of art we offer.


  The Greater Livingston County Arts Council, 209 W. Madison St. in Pontiac, Illinois has received an Illinois Humanities COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant in the amount of $2,500 to be used for general operations.  Illinois Humanities activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement. Illinois Humanities is a nonprofit organization and the state’s affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Art Walk 2020

August 17-23, 2020

The GLCAC and Pontiac Heart & Soul are sponsoring an Art Walk through participating businesses. Artists have donated artwork which will be sold by silent auction. A sheet is provided on which to place your bid. There is a suggested value of the artwork, but you may start at any amount. Stroll through the businesses and view our work and place a bid on the clipboard if you like. All proceeds go to GLCAC to fund arts scholarships. Participating businesses: 

*Charmed Boutique

*Pops Pop Up

*Home Wishes

*Livin’In Color 

*Rt 66 Kites

*The Cup & The Scone

*PK Uncorked

*Pfaff‘s Herbal 

* Wrights

*The General Store

* FX beauty shop 

*Whispering Wind

*Aleena’s Bath and Body Boutique

*Caryl & Marilyn’s

* Once ‘n Again


*Ace Hardware

*Total Eclipse 

*Rt 66 Nutrition

Pfaffs Bakery

Tangles and Tips

Participating artists:

*Christine Bennett-Weber

*Teresa Beard-Lowell

*Pam Beeson

*Boris Boden

*Joyce Cole
*Dan Fitzgerald
*John Fitzgerald 

*Vickie Fitzgerald

*Nancy Flessner 

*Juli Fraher

*Robert McCoy

*Darlene Miller

*Bob Sear

*Alex Smith

*Betsy Thompson

*Lynn Ware

*Kathy Zehr


The Joe Bailey Gallery

Take a look at what’s showing currently inside our gallery walls. Pontiac Community Art Center has seasonal exhibits and special exhibits.  We pride ourselves in showing some of the best artworks anywhere in Pontiac.

August 2020

‘From the Shadows Into the Light’ by Teresa Beard-Lowell

Teresa is a local artist from Chenoa, Illinois. Teresa has been known in the past for her detailed acrylic paintings, however, for this year’s show, she has branched out. Teresa has now started working with pottery and shadowboxes as well as paintings.  Teresa states, “I am not the type of artist that can repeatedly do the same or similar things over and over again, as I get bored and uninspired. Since I have started working with different media, it has inspired my creativity.  With clay, I do wheel throwing, hand building and sometimes a combination of the two. My shadow boxes are just something that you should see for yourself.“

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News & Updates

With our talented team of art connoisseurs and a keen eye for beauty and innovation, Pontiac Community Art Center has been making a name for itself among art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors across the Pontiac area. Our gallery and artwork has been mentioned by the media, and we’re proud to share the stories with you below.

Become a Member or Patron

September 29, 2018

If you are a resident of Livingston County or an adjoining town, you are eligible to be a contributing member. You may also become a patron if you are not an artist.


January 2018

Calendar of Events


Click on the calendar link to see the upcoming classes and gallery shows.

August 2020

September 2020

Art Fair Calendar

February 27, 2019

This link will show you art fairs throughout the year. Click here to view.

Dates for Jury Submissions

January 2020

These are the dates for the 2020 jury review for new members. If you would like to become a member, you will need to fill out a form, pay the $25 per year membership fee and submit 3 pieces of artwork for admission. Admissions will be accepted a week prior to jury date.

September 13

December 6

Changes at the Art Center

August 2020

There will be no September gallery show.  We are installing an elevator and changing the layout of the center. Check back for updates.


Studio Classes

Classes Coming Soon

August 2020

Check back for classes!

Class Offerings

Summer 2020

Class has been suspended for now. Come join my Painting Party. It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.  If anyone is interested please give me a call at 815-822-4051. It’s going to be a laid-back atmosphere. You can bring what you want to drink and snacks and join us for a fun evening!

Kathy Zehr

Class Forms

Read the Classroom and Enrollment policies. Print the form, complete it and return it to us with payment to secure your spot in our classes.

Schedule an Event

January 1, 2023

Click here to see a list of events you can schedule at our facility.


Mon: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tue: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Wed: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Thu: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fri: 10:00am - 5:00p.m.

Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sun: 12:00pm - 4:00pm



209 W. Madison
Pontiac IL
United States 61764


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209 W. Madison
Pontiac IL
United States 61764

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