Sculpt Siouxland is a yearlong exhibit displaying sculptures from local and national artists. This exhibit is free to the public and displayed on downtown streets of Sioux City, Iowa. Sculptures are on loan from the artist for one year. At least one piece of art will be purchased by Sculpt Siouxland in order to form a permanent display for downtown Sioux City. The exhibit will close with a live auction of the other artists’ work at the annual Sculpt Siouxland Celebration.
Founded in 2005 by the Sioux City Growth Organization, Sculpt Siouxland is an annual exhibition of sculptures along the streets of downtown Sioux City, Iowa. Sculpt Siouxland now operates independently with the assistance of the Sioux City Art Center.
In addition to the annual exhibition, sculptures have been added regularly to the Sculpt Siouxland Collection and have remained on permanent display since their purchase or donation. The Collection currently includes 13 sculptures.
The year-long sculpture exhibition culminates in the Sculpt Siouxland Celebration, a reception/live auction at the Sioux City Art Center the following May.
Criteria for considerationThe exhibit is open to artists of all backgrounds. Sculpt Siouxland is a public project and all proposed sculptures are screened to insure durability and artistic merit. Fragile, dangerous or works inappropriate for a public setting will not be accepted.
While sculptures of all sizes are welcome for submission, preference will be given to free-standing sculptures that can be mounted directly onto sidewalks and/or concrete pads.
Artists are responsible for insuring their own sculpture(s) against vandalism and damage. Each sculpture exhibited must be capable of being secured to a concrete pad or metal plate. Artists may submit up to three sculptures for judging.
It was the idea of the Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) to draw foot traffic to the destinations in downtown Sioux City, educate and promote interactive art to our youth, and allow artists the opportunity to share their work.
In 2008, SCGO members decided to open the project to the community. Sculpt Siouxland is now its own entity and open for all members of the community to participate in. Sculpt Siouxland's new purpose is to engage and educate the public to the potential of art in public spaces through exhibitions and supporting materials and events.
The public is encouraged to experience each sculpture through individual viewing, hands-on interaction and guided tours. Sculpt Siouxland members will conduct tours on special dates throughout the year and as requests are made.
The public will also have the opportunity to vote on the winners of the People’s Choice and Children's Choice Awards.
Both award recipients will be automatically chosen for the next year's exhibit with an approved original piece.
Each artist is required to maintain insurance coverage for his/her own work. The City of Sioux City will cover liability insurance on the sculptures, but individuals must insure their own piece(s) against vandalism and damage. If a sculpture breaks during the exhibition period due to a flaw in design or suitability for outdoor display, the artist is required to repair the work at no cost to Sculpt Siouxland.