Sioux City Art Center Selects

Nate Ditzler Teamwork 2020

May 21 – September 12, 2021

Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried/curated exhibition with accompanying programing designed to create a meaningful experience for both the selected artists and the Art Center’s audiences. Nine artists, including one outstanding collaborate duo, were selected by the Art Center’s director, Todd Behrens, and curator, Mary Anne Redding, based on digital images of submitted artwork and exemplary artists’ statements. Specific selections for the exhibition were chosen during follow-up studio visits by the Art Center’s curator in extended conversation with the individual artists to ensure that the exhibition presented not only a cohesive body of work that best representing the artists’ current thinking and creative goals, but that all the artists chosen were in powerful ways speaking to current events: climate change, species extinction, the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, the effects of technology on the human psyche not to mention the planet, and issues of global surveillance. Each of the presenting artists is making a unique contribution to issues of on-going importance through their artwork.

The Sioux City Art Center organized the inaugural Sioux City Art Center Selects exhibition in 2016, hosting a second installation in 2019. We are pleased to be presenting the third installation of the Sioux City Art Center Selects in 2021.

The 2021 installation includes these exceptional artists:

Jody Boyer, Council Bluffs, IA (Photography)

Lyn Corelle, Minneapolis, MN (Photography)

Nate Ditzler, Dubuque, IA (Ceramics)

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez and Charley Friedman, Lincoln, NE (Installation)

Ann Marie McTaggart, Sioux City, IA (Painting)

Laura Nugent, Kansas City, MO (Painting)

Bart Vargas, Omaha, NE (Sculpture)

Joan Webster-Vore, Hudson, IA (Installation)

Friday, May 21, 2021, 5 - 7 PM.  

Opening reception - our first in-person reception in over a year! 

Doors open to 75 guests at a time. Masks and social distancing are still required inside the Art Center

Artistic ExperienceSaturday, May 22, 2021, 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Reservations for the Artistic Experience are required.  

Reservations limited to 50 for the Artistic Experience.


  • 9 AM Coffee
  • 9:30 - 12:30 Artists' Presentations
  • 12:30 – Lunch

Sioux City Art Center Selects 2021 is supported in part, by a grant from the Iowa Arts council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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 his nearly 18-year tenure as the Sioux City Art Center’s director, Al Harris-Fernandezhas had more time to devote to painting than ever. Al's stated 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." The Art Center is pleased to present the creative work of its long-time director, Al Harris-Fernandez.