Sioux City Art Center Opens Youth Art Month Exhibition

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual, nationwide observance celebrating art education for children and encourages public support for quality school art programs. Created in 1961, YAM began as Children’s Art Month for the purpose of emphasizing the value of all children participating in art.

Celebrating Youth Art Month, the Sioux City Art Center will feature its 33rd Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition from February 12 – April 10, 2022. This year’s exhibition features work by high school students, from grades 9 through 12. Eighteen high school art teachers from fourteen schools in the tri-state area submitted 251 entries. The exhibition consists of sixty-four artworks that were selected by juror Nan Wilson, Associate Professor of Art, Briar Cliff University. The artworks were judged on originality, creativity, personal expression, and excellence of workmanship. The opening reception will be Sunday, February 13, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Mayor Bob Scott, Councilman Dan Moore, Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman, Art Center Director Todd Behrens, and Education Coordinator Debra Marqusee will present awards at 2 p.m.

The annual Youth Art Month Exhibition is just one of the many ways in which the Sioux City Art Center supports and encourages young artists to explore their creativity and ideas through the artmaking process. Through their art, these students are provided an opportunity to demonstrate ambitious efforts resulting in success that can open doors to endless possibilities in all areas of their lives. The Art Center extends special thanks to the art teachers across Siouxland for their enormous dedication to their students’ artistic development and for their support of this community education project.


9th Grade:

1st Place: Sarah Diekevers

2nd Place: Karley Tadlock

3rd Place: Angelina Nelson

Director’s Choice: Desmond Hill        

Honorable Mention: Cari Dibble

Honorable Mention: Haley Lubben

Honorable Mention: Aalie Vander Plaats

Honorable Mention: Libby Wright


10th Grade

1st Place: Aniah Sitzmann

2nd Place: Aubrey Croatt

3rd Place: Kayla Gray

Director’s Choice: Eva Towner

Honorable Mention: Kylah Beltman

Honorable Mention: Aubrey Koch

Honorable Mention: Riley Kroll

Honorable Mention: Ciana Van Donkelaar


11th Grade

1st Place: Nevaeh Sampson

2nd Place: Ty Cullison

3rd Place: Trinity Clements     

Director’s Choice: Elizabeth Johnson

Honorable Mention: Beatriz Cuadros

Honorable Mention: Allison Dye

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Johnson

Honorable Mention: Victoria Keane

Honorable Mention: Katie Kensak

Honorable Mention: Nancy Lee

Honorable Mention: Novie Stanislov


12th Grade

Best in Show: Katelynn Pottebaum

1st Place: Emma Steele

2nd Place: Ethan Wenger

3rd Place: Dawson Cobb

Director’s Choice: Emily Licht

Honorable Mention: Mara Aesoph

Honorable Mention: Damien Deanda

Honorable Mention: Elon Krohn

Honorable Mention: Emily Licht

Honorable Mention: Sara McKenna

Honorable Mention: Ashley Tongish

Katelynn Pottebaum, Lady with Pearl Earring, 12th grade, Best of Show