Sioux City Artists in the Permanent Collection

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Opened September 28, 2019; ongoing

During its more than 160 years as a city, Sioux City has been a place for serious business interests from the stockyards and meatpacking plants to technological, medical, and educational facilities. The arts, too, have played a vital role in the continuity of Sioux City’s success. The continual growth of local cultural institutions shows that as industrious as Sioux Cityans are, they understand the value of sustaining our cultural traditions. By melding individual creativity with the citywide desire for progress, the arts have been able to unite business, residential, and municipal goals in imaginative and accessible ways.
    
Behind this effort, of course, lies the artists themselves. This exhibition of works from the Art Center’s permanent collection brings together many artists who have at one time called Sioux City “home.” These artworks are in many ways the most important part of the Art Center’s mission of maintaining a collection of art for the people of Sioux City. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to view this beautiful part of Sioux City history.

Bilhenry Walker

Bilhenry

October 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Gallery Talk by the Artist 6:00 pm


Bilhenry Walker of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been making fantastic sculptures for more than fifty years. He began making art in California, influenced heavily by his exposure to the work of Robert Irwin and Doug Wheeler. Irwin and Wheeler were at the forefront of artists using light, a movement that became known as Light and Space. Bilhenry’s earliest explorations of art and materials were wall-mounted sculptures made from sauna tubes. These sculptural paintings, or painted sculptures, are lit from the side so that the cast shadow becomes an important part of the visual experience. Throughout the 1970s, he continued to explore the impact of light by creating paintings on Plexiglas, in this case using light to make the painted surfaces appear to float away from the wall. In 1980, Bilhenry began creating cast sculptures using resin to make his works larger and thicker. Using the translucency of the resin, he would embed objects such as stones or other objects made from resin. These sculptures, often freestanding or suspended in the air, glow when lit and produce surprising and beautiful effects.

 

Pauline Sensenig: Stories—Raw and Cooked

sensenig

November 16, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Gallery Talk by the Artist 6:00 pm

It started with a dinner of homemade Italian food. The joyous experience that accompanied the food led Sioux City artist Pauline Sensenig to recreate a dish using oil paint. That painting led to similar experiences and paintings. While Pauline has drawn, printed, and painted portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and any other subject you can think of, she returns again and again to food. This exhibition brings together a large collection of these paintings from the last ten years. From fresh vegetables to prepared dishes and to her series of much-larger-than-life cupcakes, the food in Pauline’s paintings takes on meanings that are beyond that of subsistence or sustenance. They represent both personal passions and personal friends.

Klaire Lockheart: Feminine Attempts

Lockheart

November 16, 2019 - February 2, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 pm; Gallery Talk by the Artist 6:00 pm

When Klaire Lockheart was given the assignment to create a self-portrait for her painting class during graduate studies at the University of South Dakota, she thought carefully about what that would mean. She had been doing research about gender roles and expectations, and considered how she would present herself as the subject of a painting. This led to the creation of Feminine Attempt #1 (Dishes), featuring a life-sized portrait of Klaire in a conservative dress, handmade apron, and “absolutely ridiculous” boots, as she takes care of a basic household chore. The response from others was enthusiastic and resulted in a series of twelve portraits, that, as a series, is titled Feminine Attempts. The impact of these portraits immense. As Klaire remarks, “The scale of the paintings allows the women to be seen as monumental and intimidating, especially since they look down towards the viewer.”