Facility Rental Policy & Usage Guidelines

Sioux City Art Center

Facility Rental Policy & Usage Guidelines

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When available, the Sioux City Art Center (SCAC) permits individuals, groups, and organizations to use its facilities for functions, meetings and events in order to facilitate public participation in the Art Center and to advance the interests of SCAC through increased public support. Events hosted at the SCAC must be educationally based, public service-oriented, or may be private functions approved by the Art Center and within the guidelines stipulated in this policy. Facilities may not be rented by any company or individual for fund-raising or promotional purposes; non-profit organizations may rent the facility for fundraising activities with the approval of the Board of Trustee.

Renters should be aware of the nature of the spaces they are using, and activities should be appropriate for such a setting. Art Center facilities are limited and their use conditional as the SCAC's primary concern must be the appropriate care and safeguarding of its collections and exhibitions. Thus, the Art Center reserves the right to refuse facility rental due to concerns for the safety of the building, its holdings and/or conflicts with the goals and purposes of the Art Center. Events must not compete with, or detract from, the Art Center’s ongoing public activities. Moreover, the SCAC shall not be held liable, and organizations using the Art Center shall waive all claims, for injury or damage to person or property sustained by said organization or any occupant of the Art Center resulting from or during the event.


  • Highest priority is given to ensure public access to all galleries and works of art and to regularly scheduled Art Center Events for the public.
  • Second priority is given to the Art Center Association of Sioux City for events for the public or for its members or contributors.
  • Third priority is given for (1) events where art or artistic performances are an integral part of the event; (2) events sponsored by the City of Sioux City or its departments; and (3) private events sponsored by the Art Center contributors and members.
  • Fourth priority is given for events for other organizations, businesses or individuals.

In order to ensure that the Art Center’s primary mission is fulfilled, the number of rental events per month may be highly restricted.


A.      Room Rental Options and Fees

The Sioux City Art Center has a variety of facilities which may be rented including:

T.S. Martin Atrium

           5,135 square feet; capacity: 500

           Non-business hours: $200/hour, $400 minimum


T.S. Martin Atrium & Gardner Conference Room/McCline Family Kitchen (required if serving food & drink)

           Non-business hours: $250/hour, $500 minimum


Gardner Conference Room & McCline Family Kitchen

          Conference room:  804 square feet; capacity: 48

           Business hours: $30/hour, $60 minimum

           Non-business hours: $45/hour, $90 minimum


Frederick and Alice Stark Lecture Hall

           1,224 square feet, capacity: 131 seats

           Business hours: $50/hour; $100 minimum

           Non-Business hours: $125/hour; $250 minimum


Classrooms (rental is highly restricted due to Art Center demands on spaces)

            Printmaking room: 780 square feet

                      Business Hours only: $30 for 2 hours; $10/hr thereafter

            Painting and Drawing room: approximately 700 square feet

                      Business Hours only: $30 for 2 hours; $10/hr thereafter

            Multimedia room: approximately 700 square feet

                      Business Hours only: $30 for 2 hours; $10/hr thereafter

            Entire multipurpose room (all three rooms above): 2,075 square feet

                      Business Hours only: $50/hour; $125 minimum

  • Events should be planned to be completed by 11:00 p.m. with take-down accomplished by midnight.
  • The Art Center’s facilities are available for rent on City holidays when the Art Center is closed to the general public at an increased fee set at the discretion of the director. 

B.        Additional Fees

The rental fee is for use of the space and regular furnishings in the Art Center’s arrangement. Except as otherwise noted, two Art Center staff members will be on duty during an event and the cost of such staff is included in the rental fee. It should be understood that the duties of Art Center staff concern only the security of the site. In planning the event, should the Art Center determine that additional staff, including professional security guards, are necessary to protect the Art Center’s interest, fees for those services shall be paid in accordance with the schedule of fees maintained by the Art Center director and shall be on the basis of actual hours, with a minimum of two (2) hours per employee.

In addition, the renter shall pay fees for the use of equipment in accordance with the rental schedule maintained by the Art Center director.

The Art Center director shall have the right to waive and/or adjust rental fees as appropriate for the Art Center Association of Sioux City, arts-related organizations, community groups, 501(c) organizations, and for City-sponsored activities.


Inquiries and application for rental use of the Sioux City Art Center should be made with the staff of the Art Center (712-279-6272 ext 200). At the time of application, and before any final decision may be made by the Art Center director, each organization or individual must provide full information concerning the type and purpose of the event being planned, as well as time, number of guests, name of caterer, name of individual or organization’s representative responsible for payment of fees and damages.

Confirmation of the reservation for use of SCAC facilities may be assumed only after receipt by the Art Center director of a signed copy of the Short Term Use Agreement and the full rental fee. The agreement will be sent to the renter stating the date and nature of the event as well as the rental fee. When properly signed and returned to the Art Center along with the full rental fee, and subsequently signed by the Art Center director, the Agreement shall serve as a binding agreement between the applicant and the Sioux City Art Center. A copy of the signed agreement will be sent to the renter. Use is restricted as stated in the Short Term Use Agreement, established time limits must be strictly adhered to, and any change must be approved in advance and in writing by the Art Center director or his/her representative.

Rental fee is non-refundable. In the event of cancellation on the part of the renter, rental fee will be forfeited if notification of cancellation is made less than two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled event.

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