The Public Art Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mission to promote the appreciation for and support the practice of the visual arts in St. Thomas and Elgin County; with our doors closed and our programs cancelled we are already seeing the effects. If you are in a position to do so, you can help to support STEPAC the following ways, every bit helps!
The doors to our building may be closed, but please enjoy our online exhibitions and new artists biographies, online publications, and resources, sign up for the newletter, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and subscribe on YouTube.
In 2019, the Public Art Centre celebrated its' 50th Anniversary, our successes have been put on hold for awhile. Our Redtail Cocktail Party and Silent Auction has been postponed and we will be working with Redtail to bring you the safest way for us to get together. Thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support!
Clark McDougall (1921-1980) was a St. Thomas, Ontario artist whose work reached critical acclaim before his untimely death in 1980. Survey exhibitions of this artist from St. Thomas were presented at the McIntosh Gallery, the University of Western Ontario in 2011, the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre and at The Elgin County Museum, St. Thomas. Clark McDougall’s paintings are highly regional in content with a strong emphasis in recording rural landscapes and the world around him. Clark McDougall’s works are in numerous public collections in Canada. The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre has the largest collection of Clark's artwork. We care for over 430 drawings and paintings by Clark McDougall. In 2017, we featured many unseen works from the generous donation from the McDougall Group, in the exhibition, "the Relentless Pursuit...". The following colouring sheets were produced as a colouring book to raise funds to care for the works in the permanent collection.