Past Exhibits

Jan D. Hodge
 Reception: Saturday, November 21
November 21, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Jan D. Hodge

hodgeJan D. Hodge is a poet who has created a body of works that are referred to as “shaped poems.” Shaped poems have all of the conventional qualities of poetry with the added bonus that each word in each line contributes toward a visual image of the subject. Hodge taught English at Morningside College for 30 years and is currently professor emeritus. He has recently had a book of his shaped poetry published by Able Muse Press.


Jan D. Hodge, Carousel, 1995, ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches
courtesy of the artist



Jenny Bye
 Reception: Thursday, September 24
September 19 – November 15, 2015
Jenny Bye

jennybyeJenny Bye became interested in encaustic painting in 2007. Encaustic painting uses melted beeswax. Some artists such as Bye use the medium to create collaged layers of color that give extra dimensional quality to the surfaces. She writes that she is “intrigued by the vibrant colors, translucency in layering, and fluidity of the medium.” Bye served as the Studio Program Coordinator at the Sioux City Art Center through 2013.


Free Falling, 2015, encaustic and collage on canvas, 36 x 24 inches
courtesy of the artist


John Bowitz
 Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 5-7 pm, Gallery Talk 6 pm July 11 – October 25, 2015
John Bowitz

bowitzJohn Bowitz’s artworks cannot be defined by simply calling them paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. First and foremost, Bowitz works on ideas; then, he finds the best medium through which to investigate those ideas metaphorically and visually. In ways that can be serious or absurd, and sometimes both at the same time, he creates art that questions our preconceptions and expectations.

Bowitz is Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at Morningside College. He was a full-time faculty member at Morningside College from 1977 through 2014, and the chair of the department for 20 years. He continues to teach at Morningside College on a part-time basis.

John Bowitz, How to Forge a John Bowitz Art Collage, 2015, colored pencil, ink, and collage on paper, 22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist



Bill Welu
 Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 5-7 pm, Gallery Talk 6 pm July 11 – October 25, 2015
Bill Welu

Bill Welu has been one of Sioux City’s most consistent and gifted artists for nearly fifty years. Since the early 1970s, he has created a series of painted canvases that explore the color white. While his commitment to the series is a testament to the power of Welu’s relationship to these paintings, he avoids discussing the details of this power, preferring to let viewers make their own discoveries within his painting without the influence of his words.

Welu is Emeritus Professor of Art at Briar Cliff University. He was a professor in the Art Department at Briar Cliff University from 1966 through 2009.



Project SOAR 2015
  July 25 – September 13, 2015
Project SOAR 2015

Project SOAR (Student Opportunities for Art Research) is an intensive summer program at the Art Center for serious high school art students in the tri-state area. Students work closely for one or more week-long sessions with professional artists and college professors. This year’s courses include mixed media sculptures, printmaking, pastels, and painting. The exhibition features the students’ best works in each of these classes.



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