The Sioux City Art Center

SCAC 7webThe Sioux City Art Center is a model public/private partnership between the City of Sioux City and the Art Center Association of Sioux City, with each contributing approximately one-half of the Art Center's annual operating budget. The Art Center, through its non-profit fundraising arm, leverages a dollar in private donations for each tax dollar it receives. Without this model partnership, the Sioux City Art Center could not achieve the quality programs and services that it provides our community and region.

While the City of Sioux City supports basic needs, such as most salaries, maintenance of the building, and some administrative costs, the Art Center Association supports all programs, as well as some staff salaries. It is because of the Association’s support and the funds raised by community volunteers that the Art Center is able to offer a dynamic schedule of programs. The Association looks toward the future through its endowment funds which will support future programs and acquisitions. Its board of directors assumes collective responsibility for long-range planning, fund-raising, volunteer support, and contributions to the financial well being of the Art Center.



The Sioux City Art Center's mission is to enrich our region's quality of life by bringing the excitement of the visual arts to our community through education, exhibitions and permanent collection.


The Art Center will continue to serve as and enhance its position as a premier cultural attraction for the citizens of the Sioux City metro area.

The Art Center will use its permanent collection to position itself as a major regional educational resource for educators, students, and the general public.

The Art Center will promote itself as a cultural tourist destination based on its reputation as presenting major traveling exhibitions, and a quality permanent collection featuring the best regional artists.

The Art Center will increase access to education and in turn the Art Center's permanent collection, by expanding the present facility with a new Learning Center.


The Sioux City Art Center will provide visitors with an accessible and meaningful appreciation of the visual arts by embracing education as fundamental to its programs.  


SC04.AR.People.1The Art Center Association of Sioux City was first incorporated in 1914 as the Sioux City Society of Fine Arts by John C. Kelly, John McHugh, W.P. Manley, T.A. Black, Alice K. Lawler and Cora E. Henderson. From its inception to the opening of the Sioux City Art Center in 1938, the Society sponsored art classes and exhibitions. Classes were held in various community buildings, as well as in Grandview Park during the summer months. Exhibitions were displayed at the Sioux City Public Library and the Woodbury County Court House.

In 1937, the Art Center Association of Sioux City along with the Sioux City Junior League and other community supporters petitioned the United States Government to establish a W.P.A. Art Center in Sioux City. They received a grant of $3,000, of which only half was used because citizens, businesses and local union members volunteered their creativity and labor to create their art center.The continuity between the original Sioux City Society of Fine Arts and the later Sioux City Art Center is also apparent in the Society’s mission to “promote and cultivate the fine arts, and foster art in all its branches; to promote the welfare of art in the City of Sioux City.” The Board of Trustees are appointed by the City of Sioux City.

After occupying four temporary locations, the Art Center Association of Sioux City mounted a capital campaign in the early 1990s to build a new permanent location. The Association raised seven of the nine million dollars, while the City of Sioux City provided two million. Margaret Ann Martin Everist the visionary that led the effort to make the new home possible donated three million. As a result of the private/public partnership, the present architectural landmark facility opened to the public in 1997. Plans are currently underway to expand the Art Center with the Gilchrist Learning Center to enhance the Art Center’s mission.


Board of Trustees

City of Sioux City Art Center
Gail Ament
Vice Chair
Steve Kammerer
Jeff Baldus
Becky Meyer
Shelby Prindaville
Nan Wilson

Board of Directors

Art Center Association of Sioux City
Emilee Gehling
Vice President
Cynthia Donovan
2nd Vice President/Secretary
Jeanette Naden
Michelle Holmes
Past President
Richard C. Brown, Jr.
Annie Althaus 
Katherine Erion
Tracy Erlandson
Sarah Espiritu
Austin Foster
Margaret Holman
Nathan Kalaher
Jacki Kelly
Catherine Kuo
Emily Mills
Kevin Molland
Britni Nobert
Aradhna Patra
Gina Sitzmann
Distinguished Members
Leslie Bebee
Sandy Ellis
Joe Twidwell
Junior League Liason
Nadine Meis
Sculpt Siouxland Liason
Joe Knoepfler

Sculpt Siouxland

Joe Knoepfler
Vice President
David Brockshus
Luis Trejo
Jay Chesterman
Becca Feauto