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Drive-By Gallery opens at the Sioux City Art Center’s Gilchrist Learning Center

Post Date:04/05/2019 11:35 AM

When the Sioux City Art Center’s Gilchrist Learning Center was designed, the outer walls of the studios were kept deliberately solid white and blank. The idea behind this was to use these blank walls as a “Drive-By Gallery,” so that both visitors to the Learning Center and all of the pedestrians and drivers on Pierce Street would get to experience freshly made art on a regular basis.

On March 9, 2019, eight artists from the region spent the day in the studios of the Learning Center creating paintings on Luan plywood using only black and white house paints. They were asked to paint something that would be visually dynamic and would be suitable for viewers of all backgrounds. Beyond that, they were permitted to paint anything they wanted. For six hours, they worked in Studios A, B, C, and D.

The artists for this project are from Sioux City unless otherwise indicated: John Bowitz, Paul Chelstad, Dennis Hart (Akron, IA), Young Ae Kim and Cory Knedler (Sioux Falls, SD), Rick Johns (Vermillion, SD), Meghan O’Connor, Jodi Whitlock, and Nan Wilson.

Though the artists worked individually and without any knowledge of what the other artists would produce, the limitation of materials led them to create artworks that complemented one another. The staff of the Art Center selected and grouped the finished paintings on the outer walls of the Gilchrist Learning Center studios to accentuate the similarities between different artists’ paintings. The display is well-lit at night for 24-hour viewing.

This project is the first of what the Sioux City Art Center plans as an ongoing series of Drive-By Gallery displays. Artists in the region are encouraged to submit proposals for future projects to the Sioux City Art Center. The ideal proposals will involve an artist or group of artists collaborating with Learning Center students. Proposals should have an idea for the what the completed project will look like. Selected artists will then work with staff on timing, budget, and the plan for working with students to create the project for the walls. Proposals can be sent to the Art Center curator, Todd Behrens at or by bringing or mailing the proposal to the Art Center.


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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