The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition

April 22 – July 18, 2021

The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition includes artwork by local and regional artists featured in the 2021 edition of the Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning journal of literature and the arts, now in its 33rd year. The Art Center installation is an exciting mix of artwork showcasing a diversity of media, style, and techniques from contemporary Midwestern artists.

Join us online for a digital reception featuring the visual artists and writers featured in this year’s Briar Cliff Review.


Siouxland Artists, Inc. Annual Competitive Exhibition

May 8 – August 8, 2021

Siouxland Artists, Inc. is a local arts organization dedicated to fostering the development of the visual arts and spreading the appreciation of art throughout the community. Members from the Tri-State are of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota include amateur and professional artists working in a variety of media.                                

Sioux City Art Center Selects

May 21 – September 12, 2021

Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried/curated exhibition with accompanying programing designed to create a more meaningful experience for both the selected artist and the audience. The call for submissions is open to all artists in Iowa, as well artists living within a 300-mile radius of Sioux City. Eight artists were selected based on digital images of artwork, with specific selections for the exhibition chosen during follow-up studio visits by the Art Center’s curator and director. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase contemporary regional artists of superior quality, outstanding creativity, and displaying a consistency of aesthetic vision. The Sioux City Art Center organized the inaugural Sioux City Art Center Selects exhibition in 2016, hosting a second installation in 2019.

In addition to the exhibition, during the opening weekend, May 21 – 23, 2021, exhibiting artists will participate in a program called The Artistic Experience. Due to ongoing uncertainty about the Coronavirus Pandemic at the time of the Quarterly Calendar publication in January, plans for The Artistic Experience remain flexible. The eight exhibiting artists will give presentations (either in person or via a digital platform) on the creative development of their work. Please check the Art Center’s website and social media for updated information.

Al Harris-Fernandez


September 25, 2021 – January 9, 2022

This exhibition will be the first one-person exhibition of paintings by Al Harris-Fernandez in Iowa. Having recently retired from a nearly 18-year tenure as Sioux City Art Center director, Al Harris-Fernandez has had more time to devote to painting than ever.  Al's creative goal "is to create images that I find absorbing. By this I mean images that are ambiguous, not predictable, that are able to surprise me, and take on a life of their own. My methodology combines intuition and reflection and approaches the canvas from all directions.  Literally, I paint then rotate the canvas, then paint again, then rotate again. During this process I continually paint over areas, allowing parts of the previous image to remain, thereby creating unexpected but intriguing new relationships. At some point during the process, I arrive at the final orientation of the painting, the top and bottom of the image."