The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that exists to serve students, artists and the art-loving public in Pennsylvania’s Centre County, the adjacent counties, and beyond. Our organization builds bridges between teachers and art students of all ages, as well as between artists and potential art patrons. The Art Alliance actively encourages community members to become involved in diverse and ever changing art experiences.

The Art Alliance offers studio art classes, exhibition space, and opportunities for emerging and established artists to thrive in a community of like-minded individuals.The Art Alliance building, located in Lemont, PA, serves as a venue for classes and exhibitions.The Art Alliance is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). PPA is administered by Galaxy in our region.

Studio Art Classes

We offer traditional studio art classes. Classes run from 2 1/2 to 3 hours, once a week for either 4 or 8 weeks. Classes vary depending on teacher availablity but have included such mediums as:

  • Watercolor
  • Acrylics
  • Sculpture
  • Oil painting
  • Drawing
  • Stained glass
  • Digital photography
  • Collage & assemblage
  • Open studio sessions with a live model

Art Experiences for Youth

We offer art programs available for children and teens, including during the State College Area School District teacher in-service days and over the summer

  • Weekend classes and workshops
  • Week-long summer art camps for all ages with various themes and featuring different mediums
  • Workshops for teens
  • Teens are also welcome to participate in some adult classes

Art Exhibitions

We host a variety of art exhibitions in our Lemont Art Center.

Annual shows may include:

Figurative Exhibition
Recycled Show
Members Show
Juried Show
Abstraction Show
Holiday Gift Gallery
Photography Show

We also have opportunities for our artists to display their work in local businesses and retirement communities.


Our adult classes, workshops and short-term exhibits take place in our own Art Center building at 818 Pike Street in Lemont, PA. Children’s classes and summer camps are held in the walkout lower level of the adjacent Gallery Shop building at 824 Pike Street. Our office is also located in the Gallery Shop building. The rear yards of both buildings overlook picturesque Spring Creek as it winds its way through the historic village of Lemont. The buildings are located very close to the Pennsylvania State University’s main campus.

Since its incorporation in 1968 the Art Alliance has grown to support affiliate groups. Current affiliates are the Potters Guild and the Farmland Preservation Artists. Find more information about these groups at the bottom links on our website.

Our Mission

To promote the visual arts by providing art education for adults and children, offering opportunities for practicing artists to exhibit and teach, presenting the public with quality exhibitions and sales, and cooperating with other organizations to initiate arts outreach programs that serve communities across Central Pennsylvania.