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Sioux City Art Center Presents Two Exhibitions of Local Painters

Post Date:11/15/2019 11:25 AM

The Sioux City Art Center announces a reception on Saturday, November 16 to celebrate two new exhibitions, Klaire Lockheart: Feminine Attempts and Pauline Sensenig: Stories—Raw and Cooked. Both exhibitions feature realistic paintings: portraits by Klaire and still-life paintings by Pauline. The free reception, with complimentary food and beverages, will occur 5:00-7:00 p.m. The artists will speak about their work in the gallery beginning at 6:00 p.m.

            When Klaire Lockheart was a graduate student at the University of South Dakota, she was given an assignment to create a self-portrait. She had been doing research about gender roles and expectations, and considered how she would present herself as the subject of a painting. This led to the creation of Feminine Attempt #1 (Dishes), featuring a life-sized portrait of Klaire in a conservative dress, handmade apron, and “absolutely ridiculous” boots, as she takes care of a basic household chore. The response from others was enthusiastic and resulted in a series of eight portraits and four self-portraits, that, as a series, is titled Feminine Attempts. The impact of these portraits immense. As Klaire remarks, “The scale of the paintings allows the women to be seen as monumental and intimidating, especially since they look down towards the viewer.”

            The exhibition of paintings by Sioux City artist Pauline Sensenig focuses on food. It started with a dinner of homemade Italian food. The joyous experience that accompanied the food led Pauline to recreate a dish using oil paint. That painting led to similar experiences and paintings. While she has drawn, printed, and painted almost any subject you can think of, she returns again and again to food. This exhibition brings together a large collection of these paintings from the last ten years. From fresh vegetables to prepared dishes and to her series of much-larger-than-life cupcakes, the food in Pauline’s paintings takes on meanings that are beyond that of subsistence or sustenance. They represent both wonderful experiences and personal friends.

            The exhibitions will remain on view through February 2, 2020.


The Sioux City Art Center is a model public/private partnership between the City of Sioux City and the Art Center Association of Sioux City.

Visiting the Sioux City Art Center

The Sioux City Art Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sioux City Art Center is located at 225 Nebraska Street, Sioux City, IA.

Additional information is available by contacting the Sioux City Art Center at (712) 279-6272, ext. 200 or

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