SIOUX CITY — During the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, Sioux Cityans could purchase haberdashery from the west end of T.S. Martin & Co. Department Store at 515 Fourth St. 

For much of the Great Depression and leading into World War II, fashionable ladies could meet up with friends at Kresge’s second floor luncheonette, which was housed in the same building.

Up until a few years ago, well-dressed gents could fill their closets with plenty of Ralph Lauren dress shirts and Tommy Bahama weekend apparel at the recently closed Karlton’s Men Clothiers at the very same place.

Amy Thompson knew the historical importance that the three-story Martin Block building has in downtown Sioux City. 

That’s why she and her engineer husband, Matt Thompson, selected the space for Art SUX, a gallery for area artists to create, exhibit and sell their pieces.

“We started Art SUX with

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A 'call for artists' has been issued by The Box Factory for the Michiana Annual Art Competition from May 13 to July 3.

A ‘call for artists’ has been issued by The Box Factory for the Michiana Annual Art Competition from May 13 to July 3.

ST. JOSEPH — The Box Factory for the Arts has issued a “Call for Artists” for the Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC), a regional juried art exhibition.

All work must be original in concept and execution, created in the last two years, and not been completed under instruction or previously exhibited at the Box Factory for the Arts.

This year’s categories include Photography: Black and White, Photography: Color, Painting: Oil, Painting: Water media- Acrylic/Watercolor/Gouache, Fiber Arts: Fabric/Fiber/Basketry, Sculpture/Glass/Ceramics, Drawing: Pastels/Pencils/Ink (includes printmaking), and 2022 Pop-Up Category: Assemblages/Collages.

The entry fee is $25 for one piece and $40 for two pieces.

Best of show will be awarded $1,000, and the winner of each category will receive $200.

The deadline for submissions is April 7.

The exhibit takes place

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The San Diego Art Prize announced its four 2022 recipients last week: Alida Cervantes, Angélica Escoto, Carlos Castro Arias and Cog•nate Collective.

The San Diego Art Prize has been around since 2006, celebrating the border region’s visual art talent with an annual prize. Until recently, the prize was given to two emerging artists, each paired with an established or midcareer artist, but now four artists each take the prize and exhibit work together. This year’s exhibition of winners will be held at the Central Library Art Gallery, opening Sept. 17.

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New this year is an expanded jury. Four curators representing major nonlocal institutions were enlisted to help pick the winners: San Francisco MOMA’s Jovanna Venegas, the Whitney’s Marcela Guerrero, Frost Art Museum in Florida’s Amy Galpin, and the Mexico City- and Vienna-based independent curator José Springer.

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ALL ARTS, the multimedia platform covering visual art, music, theater, dance, film and literature, premieres four film projects from Le’Andra LeSeur, DonChristian Jones, Jonathan McCrory, and Matthew Whitaker commissioned as part of its 2022 Artist in Residence program.

The films are part of the new ALL ARTS Artist in Residence series, premiering nationwide Sundays, April 3-10, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on the free ALL ARTS app and AllArts.org/artistinresidence, and in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineup).

The annual festival series begins Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS with Matthew Whitaker: About Tomorrow, a film about the young American jazz piano prodigy, who is blind, directed by Steven Tabakin, followed by The Roll Call: The Roots to Strange Fruit, a rhythmic three-part performance conceived by National Black Theatre’s Jonathan McCrory. The series continues Sunday, April 10 at 8

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