Current Exhibitions

E Pluribus Unum

Mary Ann Strandell Many Monsters 995

 

July 21 – February 3, 2019

E pluribus unum, the traditional motto for our country, is also a great idea for the creation of art. One of the principles of art and design is unity, the sense that all parts of an artwork are working together smoothly for the benefit of the overall work. One way for artists to achieve unity is by using repetition and pattern. The repeating elements can be as basic as lines, colors, and shapes; or it can be subtler or more complex. The artworks included in this exhibition represent diverse ways in which repetition and pattern can be used to create more visual excitement while also creating more cohesion.

 

 

 

 

 

Artists on view:
Martin Barooshian
Mark Thayne Bowden
John Bowitz
Gary R. Bowling
Larry Bradshaw
Jeff Freeman
C. Dennis Guastella
Gerald Guthrie
John Himmelfarb
Dan F. Howard
Jasper Johns
Mark Kochen
Lucien M. Koonce
Susan Moss
Doug Ohlson
Cathy Palmer
Ed Paschke
Louis James Picek
Sheryl Piere
Bridget Riley
David Sebberson
Jeanette Sloan
Mary Ann Strandell
Sharon E. Sutton
Wilbert Verhelst
Barbara Veroeven
Grant Wood

The Center of Attention

Ernest Trova Falling Man Series Index 974

August 18 – November 25, 2018

Artists have a variety of methods for guiding our eyes around the surfaces of their artworks. Lines, colors, textures, and shapes are just a few of the devices that artists can use to direct, or at least to encourage, our vision to follow a preset course. Of course, if an artist wants us to really look at something, s/he can either put that something right in the center of whatever surface is being used or create a clear and symmetrical composition. The question becomes, then, what should our eyes see when guided toward the center of the artwork. The wide artworks selected for this exhibition will help reveal the variety of visual experiences that are possible when we stare straight ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists on view:
George Ames Aldrich
Jay Paul Bell
Neil Christenson
Marie J. Christian
Dennis Dykema
James Eisentrager
Dan Howard
Jan Hyden
Andrew Langoussis
Deborah Murphy
Carol P. Popham
Ben Pratt
Ann Royer
Larry Schulte
Gerald Swigger
Nan Wilson

Grant Wood

grant wood the corn roomFor 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.

The Corn Room mural was one of four murals commissioned by Omaha businessman Eugene Eppley for his hotels in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Sioux City. Originally part of the historical Martin Hotel, the Corn Room was created by Grant Wood in 1926, then lost for decades under paint and old wallpaper, only to be rediscovered in 1979.

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The Sioux City Camera Club - Macro

macro

 

September 8 – November 25, 2018

Each year, the Art Center presents a thematic exhibition of photographs produced by the outstanding artists in The Sioux City Camera Club. This year’s theme is “macro,” in which the photographers will experiment with creating extreme close-ups.