Past Exhibits


Quilt Art: International Expressions
Reception: Saturday, Nov. 23, 5 - 7 pm (open to the public) November 23, 2013 – February 16, 2014
Quilt Art
International Expressions

This exhibition features more than 30 contemporary quilts by the members of Quilt Art, an international group of quilt-making artists. This exhibition includes the work of artists from eight different European countries and the United States. Many Quilt Art members formally trained in other fields, but found satisfaction and self-expression in the tactile process of patterning, sewing, layering, and joining fabric. Each member of the group approaches her work differently, resulting in a varied and thought-provoking collection of quilts. Some deal with modern social issues. Others draw inspiration from landscape and place. Of the more abstract quilts, some emphasize color and form while others attend to texture and stitching. A number of the quilts are hand-painted, dyed, or printed. Their materials range from fine silks to old linen found in the street. Whether pieced together abstractly by hand, or stitched carefully by machine, one thing these artists and their textiles have in common is their ability to enthusiastically introduce audiences to the little-known yet captivating world of art quilts.

Quilt Art: International Expressions was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Quilt Art.

 
An Impressive Collection: A Half-Century of Prints
  October 26, 2013 – February 2, 2014
An Impressive Collection
 A Half-Century of Prints

sherriewolfThe Print Club of Cleveland has worked with many of the best printmakers in the world since the early 20th century. The Art Center recognized the Print Club’s commitment to excellence nearly 50 years ago and became an annual subscriber. This has led to the creation of a diverse collection of prints in the process. The artists represented in this exhibition range widely in their artistic styles, but are united in their commitment to exploring the unique possibilities of creating art through printmaking techniques. 

 

Sherrie Wolf, Zebra with Cherry and Fava Bean, 2011
photogravure and aquatint with handcoloring on Fabriano paper, 14.75 x 10.75 inches
Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection
 
Susan Chrysler White
 Reception: Saturday, August 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm August 10 – November 10, 2013
Susan Chrysler White
 

ex-votoIt is hard not to notice the work of Susan Chrysler White, even in the middle of a large group exhibition. She is not uncomfortable using bold colors and unexpected shapes and lines in her paintings. Her intent is to grab your attention using bright colors and then hold your attention long enough to allow the layers of paint to reveal additional ideas and bits of information. Some paintings have the appearance of diagrams and patterning that give viewers a clue that information is being presented. But the paintings remain open to whatever responses might be felt.

Chrysler White was born in Chico, California. She earned a BA in Painting from the University of California-Berkeley and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of California-Davis. She has taught art at the university level since 1984, the last thirteen years at the University of Iowa. She has received numerous accolades for her work including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors. Her work has been exhibited internationally, commissioned as permanent installations at numerous institutions, and collected by museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Worcester Art Museum.

Ex-Voto, 2008, acrylic and enamel on canvas, 65 x 72 inches
Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection; 2012.48

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Michael Dunbar Sculptures
 Reception: Saturday, July 13, 5:00 - 7:30 pm July 13 – October 13, 2013
Michael Dunbar Sculptures
 

dunbarMichael Dunbar has been one of the Midwest’s most respected sculptors for over thirty years. His sculptures are distinguished by their impeccable craftsmanship and their ability to connect to a wide range of ideas related to exploration. Many have found references to historic nautical instruments, Space Age satellites, and other scientific devices—all carefully crafted with the precision of fine timepieces.

As the Art Center welcomes Michael Dunbar’s masterpiece, the 14’-tall Touched by the Sun, to its front lawn, it celebrates this sculpture’s important place in Dunbar’s career by presenting an exhibition of twenty of his "Machinist Studies." Since the mid-1990s, Dunbar has created these intimate versions of his large works, allowing viewers to admire the beauty of his sculptures on a scale and in an environment that accentuates their connections to historic artifacts. 

Touched by the Sun, 2012, bronze maquette
14 H x 14 W x 12 D inches

 

 
ARTcetera '13
April 27 – July 28, 2013
ARTcetera '13
 

This exciting quadrennial event is one part exhibition of local and regional artists and one part fundraising auction. The Art Center’s Main Gallery will be filled with a great assortment of fantastic art by local artists and artists from across the Midwest. And everything is available for purchase! While those attending the reception get the first opportunity to add these works to their collections, visitors throughout the run of the exhibition will be able buy unsold work.

 
 
 
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