Pieces of the Puzzle: Artwork by Head Start Students

Head Start 21


January 30 – April 25, 2021

The Sioux City Art Center is pleased to present artworks created by the children who are supported by the Community Action Agency of Siouxland Early Childhood Programs. The Head Start Program supports learning for low-income children from the age of three until the child is age-eligible to begin kindergarten. Innovative learning is encouraged through play, creative expression, and guided activities.

20 Artists, 20 Parks



January 30 - May 9, 2021

In her remarkable memoir, The Hour of Land, naturalist and author Terry Tempest Williams writes eloquently on the relevance of national parks marking the centennial of the National Park Service with a prescience that can be extended to all parks. 20 Artists, 20 Parks celebrates the state parks of Iowa that are also celebrating their centennial; Williams reminds us that parks are “portals and thresholds of wonder … breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath.” Iowa’s beautifully diverse state parks have inspired visitors from around the country ever since Backbone State Park, opened in Delaware County in 1920. A century later, the parks’ natural beauty remains a source of creative inspiration. Organized by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; and Iowa State University, the exhibition at the Art Center is the fourth stop on the show’s statewide tour, after visiting Des Moines, Dubuque, and Clarinda. As its title suggests, the installation showcases artwork that 20 Iowa artists created during the summer of 2019 while working in 20 state parks to celebrate the state parks’ centennial anniversary. Selected artists – including students and faculty members from the Colleges of Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University – worked closely with park rangers to learn about each parks’ unique ecosystem. “The artwork is as varied as the parks themselves, from the Maquoketa Caves to Stephens State Forest to Gull Point on Lake Okoboji,” said the Iowa Arts Council’s Veronica O’Hern, “Together the paintings, sculptures, textiles, photos, videos and other art forms capture the sights and sounds of these unique pockets of the Iowa landscape.”

Artist Carol Faber worked in Sioux City’s Stone State Park. An Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Iowa State University, she is interested in evoking” a sense of place through visual textures and surfaces.” Although she integrates both traditional and digital methodologies, she works mainly via digital manipulation as evidenced in Fall Prairie. The artist grew up in northwest Iowa, has a BA in studio arts with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture from Morningside College and both an MA and an MFA from Iowa State University. Faber might agree with Williams that “Wilderness is the source of what we can imagine and what we cannot – the taproot of consciousness.”


Youth Art Month Exhibition: Elementary School Students



February 13 – April 11, 2021

This annual exhibition celebrates the artwork of Siouxland students from the tri-state area. The 2021 installation includes creative expressions by elementary school students in diverse styles and materials. The juror for this year’s exhibition was Professor Cory Knedler from the University of South Dakota.


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.