Canvas Pontiac 2016 is now UP

This year the Canvas Pontiac art program reached triple digit submissions of art from local and regional artists. Folks from as far as Florida, and all who have had strong connections to Pontiac entered in hopes of making the contest.

Canvas Pontiac is a public art exhibition with 25 installations blown up to 8-foot by 10-foot canvases and hung outdoors on public buildings for all to enjoy as they drive through or walk around Downtown Pontiac.


You are welcome to walk the streets of Downtown Pontiac and enjoy the new installations from this year's canvas winners. (MAPS COMING SOON)

Each artist submitted to to be judged and critiqued for it's artistic quality, composition, and ability to stand alone curated in large scale on a public building during the Michigan seasons.

What's Next? Professional art judges will be judging all 25 winners to determine first place, second, and third place cash award prize winners.

Community Choice Award Winners

As always, this year YOU will have the chance to pic your favorite piece in the Community Choice Award. The contest is judged LIVE during the awards program. Invite all your friends to judge and place their vote for the contest. Judging tickets will be available for purchase during the event.

RSVP to attend June 17

The Canvas Pontiac Awards will be held June 17 at Elektricity Night Club. RSVP to attend the event. A $5.00 donation is recommended at the door. Community Choice voting tickets will be available at the event as well.

RSVP by visiting


This year, the contest expanded even further to include a special collegiate category. Several local Pontiac High School art students entered the contest, and had an opportunity for a contest scholarship.

It Takes a Team

Canvas Pontiac is a full program run by volunteers and partnership funds through the Detroit Institute of Arts.

You are probably familiar with the DIA Inside|Out program which is now visiting Downtown Pontiac for its' third year with installations from the Masters housed in the DIA. They have partnered with Canvas Pontiac to promote community driven art programs.

Check out this years installation team maneuvering these massive 8-foot by 10-foot canvases.

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