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The Center at Greater Livingston County Arts Council

The Center at Greater Livingston County Arts Council nurtures the creativity found within the collection of artists and art groups located in the City of Pontiac and surrounding area.  The 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.


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.


The Greater Livingston County Arts Council 2022 Gallery Show

August 2022

 Joyce will display the original art that she created to illustrate “ABC, What Do You See?  Rolling Along Route 66,” along with copies of the actual book.   Written by Annette LaFortune Murray, the book is a lively and colorful story that traces famous landmarks found along Route 66, the famed “Mother Road.”

Joyce Harbin Cole  lives in Pontiac, Illinois and says, “My art ranges from travel journaling in tiny books to painting on large canvases filled with layers of color.  It’s a celebration of memories and places I love and [it] documents everyday life and current events.”   

Although the two had never met, author Murray contacted Harbin Cole after seeing illustrations that she (Harbin Cole) had done for the Route 66 Passport, a series of Illustrated maps and articles created for tourists traveling Route 66.  Articles in the passport are written by author, Jim Hinkley.  Joyce says that Murray “had seen the passport online and then saw my blog.  She showed me her manuscript and gave me a great deal of freedom in creating the illustrations.  We worked very well together.”

The show, also open to the public, will run from August 6 through September 1, 2021 during regular art center business hours.

The Art Center and gallery is located at 209 W. Madison Street, Pontiac. The show will run through May and is open to the public.  Hours for the Art Center are Monday through Friday , 10 AM to 5 PM,  Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday noon to 4 PM. 


News & Updates

Become a Member or Patron

February 2022

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.

Vendor Application Form

We have new levels of Patron contribution some with new benefits. Click below for more information!

Bronze Membership

Silver Membership

Gold Membership

Patron Application Form



Calendar of Events


August  2022

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

Art Fair Calendar

February 27, 2019

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

Dates for Jury Submissions

February 2022

These are the dates for the 2021 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

July 24

October 30


Updated Studio Classes!

Click here for Summer and Fall classes!

looking at art


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: 12noon- 4:00pm


209 W. Madison
Pontiac IL
United States 61764


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