Sioux City Art Center director opens solo exhibit at Briar Cliff

Harris-Fernandez, Al

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A solo exhibit featuring the artwork of Sioux City Art Center director Al Harris-Fernandez opened  on Feb. 17 at Briar Cliff University’s Clausen Art Gallery.

Harris-Fernandez’s art exhibit, titled “Paintings,” will be on display until March 24. The artwork focuses on a dialogue with early 20th century modernism, influenced by the later work of Philip Guston — “the result of which might be described as a kind of ‘wobbly’ Cubism,” said Harris-Fernandez, who has directed the Sioux City Art Center for 15 years.

“Under Al’s supervision of the Sioux City Art Center, hundreds of compelling exhibitions have been presented for the enjoyment of art lovers in our community,” said Nan Wilson, associate professor of art and curator of the Clausen Art Gallery at BCU.  “Now, for the first time in Sioux City, Al will have a solo show of his own paintings. To see this unexpected body of work will allow of us a delightfully new experience of seeing Al in another light.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the Sr. Jordan Dahm Endowed Exhibition and Lectureship in the Visual Arts, which was established in 1991 by the alumni of the Department of Art at Briar Cliff.

Located inside Briar Cliff’s Stark Student Center, the Clausen Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and during special receptions on weekends.

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