SIOUX CITY | Downtown Partners of Sioux City has been awarded a $25,000 Gilchrist Foundation grant to finance two large murals downtown.
Downtown Partners executive director Ragen Cote expressed her excitement about the influx of cash to support the Sioux City Mural Project, which promotes the arts in the city through the creation and installation of murals on building facades.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Gilchrist Foundation and for the enthusiastic cooperation of our property owners, without which, this project would not be possible,” she said. “There are examples of inspiring art throughout downtown, and we would like to add to the mix and enhance our streets with the addition of murals.”
Martin Ron of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Jenna Brownlee of Des Moines will paint the murals. Ron is considered one of the top "street artists" in the world, with his work found as far away as Malaysia. Brownlee is a senior graphic designer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership and recently had some of her work installed in the Des Moines International Airport.
Downtown Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to improving Sioux City’s central hub, already have two properties lined up to house the murals.
One mural will grace the recently renovated offices of the Goosmann Law Firm, 501 Douglas Street. The mural will be visible coming into downtown along Fifth Street from the west and from the Historic Pearl District.
Jeana Goosmann, CEO and managing partner, said the firm is thrilled to be part of the Sioux City Mural Project and look forward to seeing Ron’s creation.
The other mural will be placed on the side of M’s on Fourth, an Italian restaurant and wine shop located in the heart of the Historic Fourth District.
In a joint statement, owners Dan Myers and Vernon Meyer welcomed the future artwork to their property.
“As we continue to make enhancements both inside and outside our restaurant; this will not only beautify our building but Historic Fourth Street.”
Work on the murals is set to begin this month. Each mural will take two to four weeks to complete.
While Ron and Brownlee are in Sioux City, the muralists will have opportunities to engage with the Sioux City community about their work on the project.