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Artist Frank Howell 

At long last, Sioux City’s world-famous Native American artist is coming “home” to an exciting new exhibition at the Sioux City Public Museum. Museum staff will lead this tour. 

Frank Howell (1937-1997) was one of the cornerstone artists of the Southwest Native Art movement in the Santa Fe Taos area. His is known for his finely rendered, etching-like portraits of Native Americans and their symbolic artifacts. His goal was to show the dignity of his subjects and to create a fusion of the physical and spiritual worlds—what he called “The Continuum of Life.” 

Howell was born in Sioux City and raised in a home overlooking the Missouri River. He attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and graduated from East High School. While at East, his art teacher/ mentor was noted artist, Jim Goff. A life-long friend, Howell thought Goff was one of the great influences on his life and art. Howell studied art and writing at UNI and taught in the Waterloo area in the late 60s, moving to Colorado, then Taos, and finally to Santa Fe where he opened a spectacular gallery on the Plaza. 

Howell felt a strong connection to his Lakota Sioux heritage. According to the artist, “Painting is a wonderful kind of mirror that reflects the inner you.” Whether he painted a Native American profile or landscape, his interpretations employed a “visual representation of the wind sweeping across time.” 

In addition to painting in watercolors, oils, or acrylics, Howell was a skilled photographer and master lithographer, working in monotypes and lithographs. Finally, he also created many important sculptures. 

Don’t miss this chance for a tour and discussion of Howell’s superb works. A catered luncheon at the Museum will follow the program. Lifelong Learners are encouraged to visit other exhibits at the Museum on their own. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25; 10:30 A.M. TO 1 P.M. 

Location: Sioux City Public Museum, 607 4th St. 
Fee: $15 (includes lunch) / Max: 30 / Min:15
Lifelong Learning membership required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2888-01

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