Past Exhibits

The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
April 21 – July 3, 2016
The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition


The exhibition includes artworks by local and regional artists who are featured in the 2016 edition of The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning journal of articles, essays, poetry, photography, and art. The exhibition is an eclectic gathering of mediums and styles, presented as a sampling of many of the artistic trends occurring in the region.


Christopher Meyer, Death Star, 2015, cast iron, 12.5 x 10.5 x 8 inches
courtesy of the artist

Art of the Brick
Reception: Saturday, February 20, 5:00 - 7:00 pm February 20 - May 8, 2016
Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya


The Sioux City Art Center will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures constructed out of iconic LEGO® bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya creates awe-inspiring works out of this unlikely material, painstakingly crafting beautiful, playful pieces, and transforming the popular toy into something new. Since Sawaya’s first exhibition in 2007, The Art of the Brick has become a worldwide sensation, with exhibitions in cities including Melbourne, Australia, Shanghai, China, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tel Aviv, Israel, Paris, France, and in cities across the country.

In addition to Sawaya’s sculptures, the Art Center will exhibit In Pieces, a collaboration between Sawaya and photographer Dean West, who has created a series of large-scale tableau compositions incorporating Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures into West’s photographs. 

This exhibition is made possible by these Blockbuster III Partners:
Principal Sponsor Gilchrist Foundation  Founding Sponsor Avery Brothers Sign & Co • KTIV-TV Channel 4 • Powell Broadcasting • Sioux City Journal • Jim & Charese Yanney  Patron Sponsor Persinger Family Foundation  Champion Sponsor Security National Bank  Benefactor Sponsor Klinger Companies, Inc.  Investor Sponsor Anonymous • Regina Roth  Supporting Sponsor Richard C. Brown, Jr. MD & Aaron H. Beutler • Gerkin Windows & Doors • Tigger & Irving Jensen Trust • MidAmerican Energy Company • Tegra Corporation • Thompson Electric Company • Wells Fargo Bank  Contributing Sponsor Dennis Mahr

Nathan Sawaya, Yellow, undated, plastic bricks, 28 x 35 x 19 inches
courtesy the artist
Photo courtesy

The West That Has Passed: Paintings by Tom L. Roberts
  January 30 - April 17, 2016
Tom L. Roberts: Painter of the West


Sioux City artist Tom L. Roberts developed a love for the west was inspired by trips to the Rockies in the 1970s and work as a seasonal park ranger in Yellowstone National Park for 20 summers. This exhibition consists of paintings Roberts has created since his first exhibition, The West That Has Passed, two years ago.


Tom L. Roberts, Traders, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Courtesy of the artist

 Reception: February 14, 1:30 - 3:00 pm February 13 - April 10, 2016 
Youth Art Month Exhibition

yam2016This annual exhibition features works by Siouxland students from the tri-state area. John Bowitz, professor emeritus of the art department at Morningside College, will review hundreds of works to find the very best. This year’s exhibition presents work by high school students.

This exhibition has been underwritten in part by the Aalfs Family Foundation and Pinnacle Bank.



 Adam Petit, My Grandpa’s Truck
Teacher – Pam Oban, Westwood High School
First Place – Tenth Grade

From the Store Window to the Gallery: The Legacy of T.S. Martin
 Reception: Saturday, November 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm November 7, 2015 – January 31, 2016
From the Store Window to the Gallery
 The legacy of T.S. Martin


This exhibition honored the legacy of T. S. Martin, the visionary founder of Sioux City’s trendsetting department store, T. S. Martin Company. This legacy includes everything from the dynamic growth of Sioux City in the first several decades of the 20th century to the construction of the beautiful building that has been home to the Sioux City Art Center since 1997. While T. S. and his sons brought vitality, uncompromising quality, and elegance to downtown Sioux City, the granddaughter of T. S. Martin, Margaret Ann Martin Everist, became the leading force behind the development of the Sioux City Art Center in the late 20th century.

This project included many layers of history and art, presented through a two-part exhibition, didactic panels and photographs, an exhibition brochure, a book containing for essays that, together, detailed the fascinating interplay between commerce, fashion, theater, local history, and, of course, art. Part one of the exhibition brought together six local design firms, which designed imaginary store windows—the form of display that T. S. Martin’s store used so beautifully and effectively to highlight its offerings. As their focus, the design firms selected an artwork from the Art Center’s permanent collection. The artworks from which they made their selections were not random: the firms chose their artworks from the dozens in the Art Center’s collection that had been donated over the years by Margaret Ann Martin Everist, her husband Hubert, and her children. 6 South Designs, M+ Architects, Miller Bros. Furniture, Mod House Interiors, Spaces Interior Design, and Studio 427 worked with great energy and dedication to showcase these artworks in unique, creative settings. In addition, the Art Center produced a brochure that documented these window displays, accompanied by the design statements written by each company that explained their inspirations and decisions.

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