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SIOUX CITY — A time capsule in the middle of the Sioux City Art Center’s atrium floor opened March 1 to mark the facility’s 25th anniversary.

Inside were children’s drawings, photos of Art Center staff and board members, Art Center themed t-shirts and ArtSplash, a special section from the Sioux City Journal, an invitation to the building’s grand opening, an Art Center flipbook and more.

Art center director Todd Behrens told a press conference on Friday that he thought a yearbook was one of the most interesting items placed in the time capsule on the first anniversary of the building in 1998.

“One of the things that I think got the most laughs when we released it was a phone book,” Behrens said. “I’m sure in the late 90s the thinking was, ‘Here’s a directory of everyone who lived in our area. Perhaps they were future thinkers imagining that one day telephone directories would be obsolete. It was kind of a fun reminder of everything that had changed.

Behrens said children are invited to the Art Center from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to help refill the time capsule, during a free open house. Art Center instructors will be on hand in the atrium to help kids create their own self-portraits – one resembling how they look now and one how they might look 25 years from now.

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The artwork will be placed in the time capsule on March 25, where it will remain until March 1, 2047.






Artifacts from a 1998 time capsule are on display at the Sioux City Art Center.


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“The plate on top is a modestly sized plate, maybe about a foot in diameter, but underneath there’s a lot more space than we imagined when we opened it” , Behrens said. “What we’re hoping for is that people will do these double portraits and we’ll expose them for a bit. Then, on March 25, we’ll take them along with a bunch of other materials and content and put them back in the time capsule.”

The Art Center’s new curator, Christopher Atkins, has put together an exhibit of the items that were removed from the time capsule. The objects are currently on display on the second floor of the Art Center.







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Christopher Atkins, the new curator of the Sioux City Art Center, speaks to the media during a press conference on Friday.


Jesse Brothers, Sioux City Journal


Prior to joining the Art Center, Atkins was coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and curator of exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. He holds degrees in Art History and Visual Cultures from the College of Wooster and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has taught both museum studies and contemporary art, and has mentored students at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Macalester College.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Atkins said. “There’s a lot going on in the next few months, so I’m looking forward to getting started and getting started. I look forward to learning more about the collection, working with the Art Center staff, and filling our mission by bringing the enthusiasm of the arts to our community.”