Exhibitions

The Sioux City Art Center’s exhibitions primarily include artworks made by contemporary artists who live and work in the upper Midwest. Exhibitions include thematic group exhibitions, one-person exhibitions, and both local and regional juried exhibitions. Large exhibitions of any kind are presented in either or both of the Art Center’s third-floor galleries, each of which has approximately 3,000 square feet of space.

Exhibitions

The Sioux City Art Center’s exhibitions primarily include artworks made by contemporary artists who live and work in the upper Midwest. Exhibitions include thematic group exhibitions, one-person exhibitions, and both local and regional juried exhibitions. Large exhibitions of any kind are presented in either or both of the Art Center’s third-floor galleries, each of which has approximately 3,000 square feet of space.

Exhibitions include thematic group exhibitions, one-person exhibitions, and both local and regional juried exhibitions.

More About Our Exhibitions

A small gallery on the third floor is reserved for the presentation of Grant Wood’s Corn Room Mural, a 1926 work that was originally created for the Martin Hotel, one block north of the Art Center. Second-floor gallery space is reserved for exhibitions with a local connection. Three first-floor galleries are used to present exhibitions of artworks in the permanent collection.

In 2003, the Art Center began a new series of exhibitions that are sponsored by the Blockbuster Partners, a group of supporters who are committed to making large-scale exhibitions accessible to the Sioux City community. Subjects of Blockbuster exhibitions since 2003 have included Rodin, da Vinci, and Pollock, and have featured subjects ranging from Colonial and early American historical objects and the photographic documentation of the western United States to motorcycles and Lego bricks.

Current Exhibitions

Siouxland Artists, Inc. Annual Competition 2022

May 7, 2022—August 7, 2022

Siouxland Artists, Inc. is an organization that is dedicated to advancing the work of regional artists. Members work in a variety of mediums and materials, and include both professional and amateur artists.

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Towers of Tomorrow

May 7, 2022—August 7, 2022

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks partners some of the world’s most dazzling and innovative skyscrapers with the world’s most popular building brick. The exhibit features 20 astonishing skyscrapers from North America, Asia, and Australia constructed in breathtaking architectural detail by Ryan McNaught, one of only twelve LEGO® certified professionals in the world.

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Briar Cliff Review Exhibition

April 21, 2022—July 17, 2022

The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition includes artwork by local and regional artists featured in the 2022 edition of the Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning journal of literature and the arts, now in its 34th year.

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Earth-Water-Light

April 12, 2022—December 31, 2040

This long-term exhibition includes more than 80 artworks from the Sioux City Art Center’s permanent collection. Each gallery contains artworks that are organized by the words, Earth Water and Light.

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Grant Wood’s Corn Room Mural

June 1, 2007—December 31, 2040

For 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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Local Perspectives

July 28, 2022—November 6, 2022

Local Perspectives is the ever-popular exhibition that celebrates the diversity, talent and enthusiasm of you, YES YOU, our local artists! The reception for Local Perspectives will be on Thursday, July 28, 6:00-8:00pm.

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Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez: Turn of the Sea

August 20, 2022—November 27, 2022

The Sioux City Art Center is delighted to present Turn of the Sea, a solo exhibition by Colombian-American artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez. Turn of the Sea will be an exciting opportunity for audiences to see the Lincoln, Nebraska-based artist’s largest paintings and installations together for the first time. The reception for Turn of the Sea will be on Thursday, September 15, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

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Larassa Kabel: Sojourn

November 18, 2022—February 12, 2023

Larassa Kabel is an interdisciplinary artist who uses drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and photography to explore mortality, nature, connection and community. Sojourn will be her largest solo exhibition to date and will feature her most recent work, including an exciting series of prints that continue her investigation of human and animal connections. The reception for Sojourn will be on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

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Past Exhibitions

Sioux City Artists in the Collection: The Last 25 Years

January 29, 2022—April 10, 2022

This exhibition includes artworks by Sioux City artists that have joined the permanent collection during the last 25 years.

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Youth Art Month Exhibition: High School Students

February 12, 2022—April 10, 2022

This annual exhibition celebrates the artwork of Siouxland students from the tri-state area. The 2022 installation includes creative expressions by high school students in diverse styles and materials.

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ARTcetera 2022

February 25, 2022—April 1, 2022

The Sioux City Art Center will present ARTcetera, its triennial art auction, in early 2022 and we would love to include your artwork. The artworks in ARTcetera will be installed in our three first-floor galleries, totaling approximately 5,000 square feet.

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Molly Wood: The Poison Garden

November 13, 2021—February 6, 2022

Des Moines photographer Molly Wood has on ongoing fascination with the duality of botanicals—the seductive potential for flora to be toxic in one form and healing in another.

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Past Exhibition Archive

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