Due to the pandemic concerns, the McLean County Arts Center staff and board are sad to announce that we will be closed to the public for the time being. Classes to be starting in the new term will be rescheduled. In the meantime we are offering daily programs, most for free, on our facebook page, and on our website with our Stay Home Art Challenges.

Be safe, stay home, and make art!

Watch for a new art challenge each day

There will be themed coloring activities, sculpture, collage, challenges and more!

Submissions are due the following day at 7:00 pm.

One prize will be awarded each day we have a contest! Open to all ages!

Submit completed works by email to info@mcac.org with the name and age of the artist.

All entries will be posted to Facebook and on our Stay Home Art Challenge web page.

The daily Art Challenge winner gets a free pizza from our friends at Papa John's Pizza Veteran's Parkway location.



Pamela Cather & Aaron Yount 

Prairie to Peak

February 21 - April 10, 2020, Reception: Friday, March 6, 5-7 PM

Pamela Cather

"I started photographing wildlife when we moved to Lake Bloomington and we found an oasis in the middle of cornfields. The plethora of wildlife, especially the numerous migrating birds in the spring, has mesmerized me. Life seems slower here. As a place of peace and relaxation it exhibits God’s hand. I seek the hidden adventure and take time to let the beauty come to me. Once the camera and light are one with God’s creation, I pull the trigger to capture the unique personalities and behavior I see. Then I am compelled to share it with my fellow midwesterners to encourage them to slow down, look around and see what is beyond the cornfields."

Pamela Cather (www.reflectetc.com) is a Master Photographer from Central Illinois whose passion is photographing the wildlife that she sees every day. Cather, a lifelong Midwesterner, is an Indiana native. She has been a portrait photographer for 11 years. She started focusing on wildlife when she moved to Lake Bloomington in 2013 and she saw an American White Pelican for the first time out her own window.

Cather was awarded her Master of Photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America in January of 2018. This degree is awarded for superior photographic skills demonstrated through PPA’s International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry. Several of her wildlife images have been included in PPA’s General and prestigious Loan Collections.

“Wildlife of Lake Bloomington” is a presentation Cather gives to local organizations. She talks about her passion for wildlife photography and shares some of her favorite images taken at or around Lake Bloomington. She discusses how she finds the wildlife, best lighting for creating the moment, and easy creative techniques she uses for photographing wildlife.

Her wildlife images have also been displayed in several locations in Central Illinois, including Scout’s Downtown Cafe, The Community Cancer Center, 2nd Presbyterian Church’s “What’s So Good about Good Friday” Show, BCPA’s Artgasm Gala, Peoria’s New Ronald McDonald House permanent collection and even on the cover of the Gridley Telephone phone book.

Aaron Yount

"My project, “East Meets West”, represents my current study of wildlife within the Rocky Mountain range. With this body of work I hope to capture artistic observations of wildlife in its natural state including seasonal behaviors within the region. To accomplish this has required extensive travel and fieldwork over the past five years.

From Colorado to Northern Montana, I have experienced memorable moments with wild creatures. Some moments have been memorable because of obvious beauty while others have displayed hardship and a will to endure. My hope is to share these experiences through my art."

Born and raised in rural Illinois, Aaron developed an appreciation for the outdoors. His subject matter ranges from hummingbirds at his studio’s feeders to the great bison herds of Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley in the West. While naturalism and firsthand study of nature are visible in his work, he does not abandon the use of good design and other sound artistic principles.

Following his residency at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Aaron began painting the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. “East Meets West” has been the focus of his work since leaving his position at the Blauvelt Museum.


Artists may now apply for  The Sugar Creek Fine Arts Festival

Current Exhibitions 


February 28 - April 10, 2020
Awards Ceremony: February 29, 2-3 PM

Sponsored by The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Jerry Antonini, Paula Aschim and Tim Garvey, Miles and Ruth Bair, R. Charles and Laura S. Baue, Gail and Galen Crow, Susan Emmerson, Robert Fisher and Linda Willis Fisher, Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell, John and Marilyn Freese, Ed and Judy Hines, Brian and Yvonne Hoop, Mike and Alexis Kalish, Sheila Lamberson and Cheryl Divine, Cathy Pratt and Dave Templeton, Jim and Pam Raymond, Laura and Bob Reardon, Robert and Connie Stefl, Tracey Sullivan Covert, Lynn and Patsy Webber, Stephen R. and Beverly A. Young

Armstrong GALLERY

Prairie to Peak | Aaron yount & pamela cather

February 21 - April 10, 2020
Reception: March 6, 5-7 PM


luminosity | cathie Crawford

February 21 - April 10, 2020
Reception: March 6, 5-7 PM


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