From a Gathering Place for Artists to an Art Center for All

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is where people in the Iowa Great Lakes region have come since 1965 to enjoy, grow, learn and create. It has evolved to become one of the top art museums in Iowa, serving as a meeting place, learning center, safe harbor, and creative outlet for area residents and visitors.  

The Pearson Lakes Art Center brings world-class art, performances, educational programming, and more to the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Whether you're a weekend visitor to the lakes area or a long-time resident, discover how you can experience all that your art center has to offer.

Find the artist, performer, or educational offering just for you! The variety of opportunities at the PLAC guarantees a place for you to enjoy, grow, learn, and create.

There truly is something for everyone at the PLAC! The Pearson Lakes Art Center houses six galleries, a 300 seat performing arts theatre, an interactive gallery, classrooms, a clay studio, library, event hall, and gift shop.

And, visiting the PLAC is FREE every day! We welcome you! Enjoy a live performance. Explore world-class art. Take a class and create!

It's all here and waiting just for you! See you at the PLAC!

Explore Our Spaces

Pearson Lakes Art Center — a complex of galleries, classrooms and theatre — welcomes everyone who wants to explore the creative output of leading artists and performers as well as tap into their own creative resources. 

PLAC top level
  1. Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre
  2. Weaver Lobby & McIlrath Landing Galleries
  3. Little Red Gift Gallery
  4. Monte Pearson Gallery
  5. Bud and Bev Pearson Gallery of Russian Art
  6. John F. & Karen Goodenow Classroom
  7. Paul & Nancy Bekins Classroom

Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre

Weaver Lobby & McIlrath Landing Galleries

Monte Pearson Gallery

John F. & Karen Goodenow Classroom

Paul & Nancy Bekins Classroom

PLAC lower level
  1. Pomerantz Hall
  2. Art Smart Gallery
  3. Clay Studio
  4. John and Karen Goodenow Gallery
  5. Classroom C
  6. Patrice Leary Children's Classroom

Pomerantz Hall

Clay Studio

John and Karen Goodenow Gallery

Classroom C

Patrice Leary Children's Classroom

Schedule a Tour

We welcome individuals and groups to stop by for an in-depth tour.  Email us today to start the process.

Schedule a Tour


Board of Directors

Abby Walleck Treasurer
Trista McCaffery
Kirk Stauss
Marilyn Caudle
Christopher Fuhrman Secretary
Jody O'Brien
Erin Reed
Terry Yarns President
Brad Schmitz Vice President
Marilyn Conover
Diana Walker
Rob Oldson
Carol Ayres Stueven

Facility Staff

Dennie Storey
Kathy Zinn
Lori Lawler
Marv Fernelius
Dean Garner
Carol Johnson
Miranda Johnson
Connie Mataloni
Jan McDonald