Youth Art Month Exhibition: High School Students

February 16 - April 14, 2019

The Art Center presents its annual celebration of Youth Art Month. This competitive exhibition attracts hundreds of entries from schools throughout Siouxland. Students competing in this year’s exhibition will come from area high schools. Selecting the work for the exhibition and determining awards this year will be Jeff Baldus, professor of art at Briar Cliff University. Youth Art Month Exhibition: High School Students is generously sponsored in part by Wells Fargo.

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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Sioux City Art Center Selects 2019

SCAC Selects

March 23 - June 23, 2019

Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried exhibition, open to all artists in Iowa, as well artists living within 300 miles of Sioux City. Artists were asked to submit a body of work for review. From 123 entries, the Art Center’s director and curator selected eight artists, based on the quality and consistency of the artworks and on how well the artworks reflected the artist’s stated ideas. The curator then visited and worked with each artist to bring a cohesive group of artworks for this exhibition.

The exhibition presents visitors with a glimpse into how some artists in our region are thinking right now. What are some of the things they are thinking about? Among many other subjects and ideas that lie under these artworks you will find:


• a grandmother’s quilts and textiles from throughout the world
• the noise produced when a car drives over a black walnut
• the natural beauty of the northeastern edge of Iowa
• the discoveries made when a painting is partially concealed by an entirely new painting
• a 1,500-year-old book on edible plants
• a father’s hometown in Iowa
• the use of humor to highlight absurdities
• the power of color

The artists have used materials as diverse as their ideas: paintings made from acrylic, oil, and latex paint; drawings using willow charcoal, walnut oil, and thread; prints using intaglio methods, including etching, aquatint, and lithography; photography; and untold numbers of black walnuts. The methods for creating these works range from careful and complete pre-planning of the composition to working one step at a time with no fixed outcome until the artist knows that the artwork is finished.

Together these eight artists exemplify the great variety of stories, interests, and perspectives of residents in the upper Midwest. We are grateful to them for sharing these artworks with our visitors and community.

Sioux City Art Center Selects 2019 is supported, in part, by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition

April 25 - July 21, 2019

The exhibition includes artworks by local and regional artists that are featured in the 31st anniversary edition of The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning journal of articles, essays, poetry, photography, and art. The exhibition is an eclectic gathering of mediums and styles, presented as a sampling of many of the artistic trends occurring in the region.