E Pluribus Unum

Mary Ann Strandell Many Monsters 995


July 21 – February 3, 2019

E pluribus unum, the traditional motto for our country, is also a great idea for the creation of art. One of the principles of art and design is unity, the sense that all parts of an artwork are working together smoothly for the benefit of the overall work. One way for artists to achieve unity is by using repetition and pattern. The repeating elements can be as basic as lines, colors, and shapes; or it can be subtler or more complex. The artworks included in this exhibition represent diverse ways in which repetition and pattern can be used to create more visual excitement while also creating more cohesion.






Artists on view:
Martin Barooshian
Mark Thayne Bowden
John Bowitz
Gary R. Bowling
Larry Bradshaw
Jeff Freeman
C. Dennis Guastella
Gerald Guthrie
John Himmelfarb
Dan F. Howard
Jasper Johns
Mark Kochen
Lucien M. Koonce
Susan Moss
Doug Ohlson
Cathy Palmer
Ed Paschke
Louis James Picek
Sheryl Piere
Bridget Riley
David Sebberson
Jeanette Sloan
Mary Ann Strandell
Sharon E. Sutton
Wilbert Verhelst
Barbara Veroeven
Grant Wood

The Center of Attention

Ernest Trova Falling Man Series Index 974


August 18 – November 25, 2018

Artists have a variety of methods for guiding our eyes around the surfaces of their artworks. Lines, colors, textures, and shapes are just a few of the devices that artists can use to direct, or at least to encourage, our vision to follow a preset course. Of course, if an artist wants us to really look at something, s/he can either put that something right in the center of whatever surface is being used or create a clear and symmetrical composition. The question becomes, then, what should our eyes see when guided toward the center of the artwork. The wide artworks selected for this exhibition will help reveal the variety of visual experiences that are possible when we stare straight ahead.








Artists on view:
George Ames Aldrich
Jay Paul Bell
Neil Christenson
Marie J. Christian
Dennis Dykema
James Eisentrager
Dan Howard
Jan Hyden
Andrew Langoussis
Deborah Murphy
Carol P. Popham
Ben Pratt
Ann Royer
Larry Schulte
Gerald Swigger
Nan Wilson

Of Sticks and Stones: Sculptures by Jeff Baldus

Jeff Baldus Orb 5


May 19 – August 5, 2018

Sioux City artist Jeff Baldus is familiar to many in our community. He has made some of our region’s most consistently elegant pottery for many years. However, Jeff expanded his artistic output greatly during his time in graduate school at the University of South Dakota, where he completed his degree in 2012. He has found great beauty and meaning in the simplest and humblest of natural objects, from fallen branches to stones. Using a variety of sculptural skills, Jeff transforms decaying sticks into majestic bronzes or combines clay and wood to make large, stone-like, ceramic orbs. In 2017, he received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to support the production of many of the cast metal sculptures included in this exhibition.

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The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition 2018

Mark Kochen Machine Painting number x 1


April 19 – July 8, 2018

The Sioux City Art Center is pleased to present this exhibition of artworks by local, regional and national artists, which were selected for the 2018 edition of The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning journal celebrating its 30th year. This impressive annual publication focuses on poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. The opening of this exhibition coincides with the release of Volume 29 of the Review.

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