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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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.