Sioux City


Forty local artists will line Seventh Street to display their works in a festival-like atmosphere for the First Annual Art Affair.


The Native African Christian Fellowship started small with just a few families gathering at someone’s house. Eventually, they found a home for their fellowship at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux City. And now they’re sharing their culture with the community at the Fourth Annual African Night.

Jim Schaap
Ally Karsyn

The night Martin Luther King was shot, four of us—small-town, small-college, white boys—were following the Gulf’s eastern shore on an all-night trek from south Florida to New Orleans. It was spring break, 1968—50 years ago.

E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one—the motto of the United States. So, how does that get applied to art?

Ode: Memoirs of a gay nerd

Jul 18, 2018
Mike Goll
Ally Karsyn

Underoos: the underwear that’s fun to wear! Back in the ‘80s these were the thing to have. Nothing would have given me more nerd cred than having Batman on my butt.

Ode: Waiting for my son to find me

Jul 11, 2018
Angela Conway
Ally Karsyn


I was 18, super broke and sleeping on a friend’s couch.

Susan Leonard
Ally Karsyn

For much of my life, I have felt that I didn’t quite belong.

Sioux City Sue

Ode: Finding myself at Broken Kettle

Jun 27, 2018
Ryan Allen
Ally Karsyn

We drive north on Highway 12, the Big Sioux out our left window, loess bluffs and the entrances to Dorothy Pecaut and Stone State Park out the right.

Ode: A Christian yogi yokes conflicting identities

Jun 20, 2018
Tori Albright
Ally Karsyn

In college, a Floridian called me a Yankee. No one had ever called me that before. But being from Ohio, that is exactly what I was.