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

Sioux City Artists in the Collection: The Last 25 Years

January 22, 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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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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Sioux City Camera Club: Renewal

November 13, 2021—February 6, 2022

Following last year’s theme of “solitude,” which addressed an important issue as all of us lived through the pandemic, this year the theme of the Camera Club exhibition is “renewal.”

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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

Pieces of the Puzzle: Artwork by Head Start Students

February 12, 2022—April 24, 2022

Artwork produced by the young children served by the Community Action Agency of Siouxland’s Early Childhood Programs.

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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 middle school students in diverse styles and materials.

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ARTcetera 2022

February 26, 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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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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Past Exhibitions

Red Plus White

October 30, 2021—January 23, 2022

It’s amazing what happens when two colors are mixed together. Combining red and white makes pink, of course. What sets pink apart from many other colors is how strongly it has been identified as a symbol throughout history.

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Artists of the Upper Midwest in the Permanent Collection

January 1, 2021—January 11, 2022

During its collecting history, the Sioux City Art Center has collected works by important artists from across the Upper Midwest, with the goal of serving as a repository of the region’s artistic production. This effort was expanded significantly over the last dozen years when a group of supporters began donating funds toward the purchase of artworks that is known as The Legacy Collection.

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Al Harris-Fernandez: Abstracted

October 9, 2021—January 9, 2022

This exhibition will be the first one-person museum exhibition of paintings by Al Harris-Fernandez in Iowa. Having recently retired from his nearly eighteen-year tenure as the Sioux City Art Center’s director, Al Harris-Fernandez has had more daylight to devote to painting than ever.

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Sioux City Artists in Permanent Collection

September 28, 2019—January 9, 2022

This exhibition of works from the Art Center’s permanent collection brings together many artists who have at one time called Sioux City “home.” These artworks are in many ways the most important part of the Art Center’s mission of maintaining a collection of art for the people of Sioux City.

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Past Exhibition Archive

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