Welcome to the pages of the Prairie Arts Council. Founded in 1993, Our non for profit group has been assisting local artists with resources to display their art. We have provided the community with opportunities to view and socialize with art. We create programming for our members and the public alike to interact and share creativity through hands on learning and study of art. Most importantly, the Prairie Arts Council's mission is to nurture the creativity of our communities with a greater quality of life through the arts.
The Gallery by Lilian Fendig c. 1972, watercolor.
Located in the historic Carnegie Center in downtown Rensselaer, a restored and renovated 1904 Carnegie Library, the Prairie Arts Council maintains the Lilian Fendig Gallery, named for a British born artist who married Ralph Fendig, a Rensselaer pharmacist, They met in England during WW II and made their home in Rensselaer. Lilian Fendig continued to paint and achieved recognition for her work throughout Indiana and beyond. An archive of her painting records and many of her paintings, sketches and prints comprise the core of PAC’s developing permanent collection.
Funding for our art programs and services is provided through memberships, corporate sponsorship, fund-raising events, contributions, endowments, grants, and private donations.
ARTCAMP is a week long celebration of art in the summer which includes over 150 classes and workshops that involve all things art! Classes are spread across our entire service area during the daytime and evening. Classes are custom made for children and adults alike.
The Prairie Arts Council is committed to facilitating and supporting the funds for special art programming in the school systems we serve. These are typically fun presentations that educate through music, theater, literature, and other arts.
The Lillian Fendig Gallery is our home in the Carnegie Center. We rotate exhibits from local, regional, and national artists that often include receptions. This is a great way to meet up with friends and new people in the community that share the same interests in the arts.
ROCK THE ARTS is the Prairie Arts Council's summer festival that incorporates many of our favorite things: interactive art, music, and a beer wagon! This family friendly one day festival is set in Rensselaer's Potawatomi Park and has a little bit of something for everyone!
Arts Alive! includes adult workshops, classes and education that focuses on finding art in our daily lives. From wine tasting to bird watching, this Prairie Arts Council program covers it all!
Learn more about the Prairie Arts Council and how you can get involved by looking through our website or call 219.866.5278 for more information. We are excited to share the arts with you!
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