Sioux City Artists in the Permanent Collection



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.

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 Elements of Art

Elements of Art



The elements of art are the basics of putting art materials together to create either a two- or three-dimensional work. Line, Shape, Form, Space, Color, Value, and Texture. Regardless of the subject of an artwork, the artist thinks about how the elements relate to one another as the art. Just as important, the artist’s use of the elements has a major impact on how we respond to the artwork. This exhibition of artworks from the permanent collection is intended as an introduction to many of the ways artists use the elements. After visiting this gallery, visitors are encouraged to think about how the elements of art are utilized in the artworks throughout the Art Center’s exhibition galleries.



Artists of the Upper Midwest in the Permanent Collection



During its collecting history, the Sioux City Art Center has collected works by important artists from across the Upper Midwest, with the goal of serving as a repository of the region’s artistic production. This effort was expanded significantly over the last dozen years when a group of supporters began donating funds toward the purchase of artworks that is known as The Legacy Collection. Artworks in this exhibition include those from The Legacy Collection as well as many others by artists from throughout Iowa and nearby states.