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.

Michael Cody Drury: Infinite Jux

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January 25 – May 3, 2020

Michael Drury is a Sioux City native and graduate of Morningside College. After graduating from Morningside, he moved to New York, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. He has lived and worked in Queens, New York, since then. The exhibition will include paintings from a number of recent series, but will focus on his series titled Infinite Jux. The title plays on both the well-known, satirical, “post-post-modern” novel by David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, as well as on the idea of “juxtaposition.” The idea behind the series is to paint in a way that brings together two or more visual components—such as foreground and background. The focal point in each painting is not necessarily these individual components, but the edges where they meet. In this way, Michael thinks of the artworks as the equivalent of the work of a DJ, whose skill is defined by how well he/she can overlap different songs.

Youth Art Month Exhibition: Middle School Students

February 15 – April 12, 2020

This annual exhibition features nearly 100 works by Siouxland students from the tri-state area. The 2020 exhibition includes works by middle school students in a wide variety of materials and styles. The juror for this year’s exhibition is Sioux City artist Pauline Sensenig.

Celebrating Children: Art by Head Start Students

February 22 – April 26, 2020

The Sioux City Art Center is pleased to present art produced by the young children served by the Community Action Agency of Siouxland Early Childhood Programs. This exhibition overlaps with the “Week of the Child,” April 13-17, during which the Community Action Agency of Siouxland focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.