Established in 1993, the Prairie Arts Council has had three primary goals:
- To provide opportunities for people in Jasper and Newton Counties to engage with the art in our Lilian Fendig Gallery and other area venues through a variety of programs.
- To provide opportunities for area artists to exhibit or perform their arts,
- And to provide opportunities for instruction in the arts and to help to enrich art education in area schools.
Located in the historic Carnegie Center in downtown Rensselaer, a restored and renovated 1904 Carnegie Library, PAC 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.
In our gift shop in the Fendig Gallery, patrons can purchase Fendig note cards and prints and paintings as well as paintings, jewelry ceramics, photographs, note cards. and other work by PAC member artists.
PAC is a not-for-profit corporation and membership organization of over 300 artist and public members. Funding for its art programs and services is provided through memberships, corporate sponsorships, fund-raising events, contributions, fees, endowments and grants, especially from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts through a regional partnership with the Tippecanoe Arts Federation of Lafayette.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 3:00 Central Time; other times by appointment
Contact: PAC, 301 N. Van Rensselaer St., Rensselaer, IN 47978