It Starts With The Call - Call For Artists

Call For Artists

Each year the call for artists goes out to the community at large in early February. Entrants are asked to submit art via the Canvas Pontiac website. This allows entrants to submit locally as well as far and wide. Each year the radius of our entrants continues to increase in distance as well as in local entrants.

The program runs through separate contests to help promote the call as well as the program itself. Typical promotional channels exist such as mainstream press releases and social media to help communicate the call for artists.

Additionally, however, the program has a built-in mechanism to excite entrants. If entrants aren’t quite ready to submit for a large scale canvas, they can also submit art to the poster or t-shirt contest. Smaller in scale, these two contests help excite artists, as well as allow us to distribute posters and t-shirts to spread the word.


Any Canvas submissions must be in by midnight May 18.

Prize Awards:

Artists must make themselves available for the award presentation. Awards will not be given to friends, family, colleagues, etc.

First Prize of $2000. Second Prize of $1000. Third Prize of $500 and People's Choice of $500.

SOME of This Year's Submissions

Artists are submitting art through Wednesday, May 18th.

Submissions entered for this year's art contest can be seen at under the "2016 Art" tab.

Stay tuned for this year's award ceremony in which First, Second, Third and Community Choice winners will be selected.

Canvas Pontiac & Main Street Pontiac

Canvas Pontiac is a community cultural development program run under the Main Street Pontiac group. All logos and graphics are copyright of the Main Street Pontiac, formerly known as the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, PDBA.

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