“If I Were a Captain” artwork on display at L&C Center

Student artwork is on display through May from the “If I Were a Captain” art contest at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Admission is free.

The contest challenged students, pre-school through fifth grade, to imagine what it would be like to undertake an epic journey, from battling sea monsters to traveling to outer space. The students created artwork based on their imaginings.

A winner was chosen in each of three categories:
David, Hornick, Iowa, pre-school through first grade
Ian, Sioux City, second and third grade
Payton, Vermillion, S.D., fourth and fifth grades.


David’s expedition took him to an active volcano in search of buried treasure. Ian traveled to a tropical jungle in a quest to uncover a new type of jungle cat. Payton blasted into outer space on her rocket ship to discover new planets.

The contest was inspired by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Instructed by President Thomas Jefferson to find a water-route to the Pacific Ocean, the captains and their men traveled more than 3,000 miles, faced countless dangers and relied on their skills as soldiers and woodsmen to complete the task.

The L&C Center is open 9-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. For more information, contact Sara Olson, History Education Curator, 712-224-5242 or solson@siouxcitylcic.com.