Current Exhibits


The Sioux City Art Center presents exhibitions of local, national and international artists, as well as occasional touring Blockbuster shows.

 August 20 – December 4, 2016
Sioux City Art Center Selects

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Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried exhibition, open to all artists in Iowa, as well artists living within 300 miles of Sioux City. Unlike traditional juried exhibitions that ask jurors to select individual artworks based on their merits, Sioux City Art Center Selects asked artists to submit a body of work, which were judged by the overall quality of the artworks and by the clarity and consistency of the body of work. The Art Center’s director and curator have selected eight artists, representing Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Each of these artists has presented a cohesive group of artworks for this exhibition. The exhibition, therefore, presents visitors with a better understanding of how artists in our region are thinking and creating right now.

This exhibition has been underwritten by the Persinger Family Foundation.

Jessica Teckemeyer, Fawn or Foe, 2012, polyurethane, glass, paint, 11 x 27 x 14 inches
courtesy of the artist
Grant Wood
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Grant Wood's Corn Room mural

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For the first time since 1992, Grant Wood’s Corn Room mural is shown in its entirety. An exhibition gallery was created in the summer of 2007 in the third-floor H. H. Everist Gallery for long-term display of the mural, while at the same time allowing the remaining Jensen and Terra galleries to be used for changing exhibitions. The special installation of the Grant Wood mural was funded by a donation from Bill Turner.
Sculpt Siouxland
  June 4, 2015 – June 2, 2016
Sculpt Siouxland

letsgoIn its continuing effort to make a positive impact on downtown Sioux City, Sculpt Siouxland has brought in ten new sculptures for a one-year exhibition. The Sioux City Art Center and Sculpt Siouxland work collaboratively through financial support of the Gilchrist Foundation and many local businesses. Maps of Sculpt Siouxland will be available at the Art Center, Downtown Partners, and at two wayfinding stations along Fourth Street.


Let's Go, Terrence Karpowicz, Chicago, IL

 Opening Reception: Satuday, July 16, 5:00-7:00 pm (open to the public)
July 16 – October 23, 2016
John Himmelfarb


Himmelfarb is one of the most respected artists of the Midwest. His work spans virtually all mediums, including painting, drawing, and printmaking, as well as sculptures in metals, ceramics, and found objects. His current and continuing series of works focuses on trucks as a subject. In Himmelfarb’s own words, “These works are not about trucks but about us, our histories, skills, coping mechanisms, ambitions and character.” The Atrium will exhibit a number of his larger sculptures, while the 3rd floor galleries will present smaller sculptures and wall-mounted work. The exhibition will also include one of Himmelfarb’s “life-sized” truck sculptures, such as Penelope Awaiting Her Chamberlain, a 1946 Chevrolet farm truck that has been converted into a mobile sculpture. The show will be complemented by the 124-page book, John Himmelfarb: Trucks: Recent Works, published in 2014.

This exhibition has been sponsored in part by the Martin/Seamster Fund.

John Himmelfarb, Bend in the Road, 2011, painted steel plate, 43 x 25 x 75 inches
courtesy of the artist and Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE


The Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection
curated by Todd Behrens Ongoing
Permanent Collection
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The Sioux City Art Center has its ancestral roots in the Sioux City Society of Fine Arts. Founded in 1914, the Society’s members were united in their effort to promote the arts in Sioux City. For more than twenty years, the Society served in the capacity of an art center, presenting exhibitions of great art, scheduling programs, conducting classes and workshops, and amassing a permanent collection of art.

When the WPA (Works Progress Administration) was formed in 1935 in response to the Great Depression, the Society’s leaders began a campaign to make Sioux City the home of a federally funded art center. In 1937 they succeeded, and on February 20, 1938, the Sioux City Art Center opened its doors to the public. It continues today as a partnership between the City of Sioux City and private supporters.

Immediately after the opening of the Art Center, the Society renamed itself the Art Center Association of Sioux City, an organization dedicated exclusively to raising funds in support of the projects of the Art Center. In that capacity, it donated its art collection to the Art Center. This initial gift of approximately 20 artworks represented the wide range of interests during the early 20th century in Sioux City: an 18th-century Italian engraving; a late Gothic sculpture from Europe; turn-of-the-century paintings and sculptures by European and American artists; artworks by local artists.

The permanent collection now totals more than 1,100 works with a focus on work produced by artists from the upper Midwest. A portion of the collection is on permanent view in spaces throughout the Art Center, with the Margaret Ann Martin Everist Permanent Collection Gallery serving as the focal point. Artworks from the 20th and 21st century are on display, with a special emphasis on works produced by local and regional artists. This gallery includes paintings, photographs, prints, and a few sculptures. Additional artworks from the 19th and early 20th centuries can be discovered in the Community Gallery, with local artists and nationally recognized artists such as George Inness and Max Weber represented. Sculptures made of a variety of materials are on display in the T. S. Martin Atrium on the first floor as well as in the Eldon and Regina Roth Circulating Hall on the third floor.

The third floor is also the location of the Art Center’s Grant Wood Corn Room Mural. Created in 1927 for the downtown Martin Hotel, the Corn Room Mural was commissioned by Eugene Eppley. He tapped the then relatively unknown artist Grant Wood to paint murals in his hotels that would bring a typical Iowan landscape to the hotel interiors. Decades later, the mural was covered by wallpaper only to be “rediscovered” in 1979. After conservation treatment, the mural was donated to the Sioux City Art Center and placed on permanent display in 2007.  

Each artwork is accompanied by a label with information about the artist. Additional information on the artworks and the permanent collection is available at no charge to visitors through brochures on selected artists and a catalogue for the permanent collection.


Max Weber, The Farmhouse, 1927, oil on canvas, 18 x 21 inches
Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection
Gift of Norm Waitt, Jr.
Weber was a true pioneer of American modern art in the early 20th century. At the time of the founding of the Society of Fine Arts in 1914, he was working in a Cubist style. In 1920, he moved to Long Island. There, he was inspired by the rural landscape to transition into a style influenced by Cezanne, one of the artists Weber revered above all others.





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