The foundation of the Sioux City Art Center’s Permanent Collection began more than a century ago and now includes more than 1,000 artworks in a wide variety of mediums and styles. While many artists represented in the collection are nationally and internationally recognized, the heart of the Permanent Collection is artists from the Upper Midwest, many of whom have ties to Sioux City.
Though the vast majority of artworks in the Permanent Collection are in storage, the Art Center always has a significant number of these artworks on exhibit. A variety of spaces throughout the Art Center are used to present works in the Permanent Collection. However, the greatest concentration of these artworks can be found in the Margaret Ann Martin Everist Permanent Collection Gallery on the first floor. This gallery features an exhibition of artworks that remains on display for approximately five years. Each of these exhibitions is supported by publications as part of an Educational Initiative that is sponsored by the M. A. Martin Everist Foundation.
On view in the Margaret Ann Martin Everist Permanent Collection Gallery are examples of important collecting areas for the Art Center. Included are paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, predominantly by artists with connections to Sioux City and/or the Upper Midwest. While most works on display were created during the last several decades, many artworks date from the 19th and early 20th centuries.