Duluth Art Institute

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  • Admission to our galleries is free to Duluth Art Institute Members, we hope you consider joining. Please call ahead to accommodate large groups of if you need special arrangements, 218-733-7560. We value art accessibility for all, regardless of income.


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  • The Duluth Art Institute is located on Michigan Street in the beautiful city of Duluth. We are in the Historic Train Depot, fourth floor. We invite you to make us part of your exciting Duluth experience.

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  • Office: Tues.- Fri. 10am-5pm. Exhibitions Open Daily 9-5. We offer audio tours and accessibility to all. Please note, we are a gallery and hope you will enjoy the art on display!

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. 20th Anniversary Homegrown Illustration Show: Opening Reception

    20th Anniversary Homegrown Illustration Show: Opening Reception

    21 N Lave Ave
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    The Duluth Art Institute in collaboration with Prove Gallery.
    The exhibition will feature works on paper highlighting the arts and culture of the Duluth/Superior Homegrown Music Festival for the past 20 years. Emerging artists, established artists, high school art students and children will have the opportunity to share their illustrations of Homegrown "Royalty". For many of the high school students and children, this will be their first experience participating in an art exhibition. This opportunity allows emerging artists and students to show their artwork alongside some of Duluth's most prominent artists. It is our goal of the exhibition, as well as Homegrown, to celebrate the singular and diverse voices that constitute our inclusive community.

    *Check www.provegallery.com for open hours*

  2. Art and Culture: Writing for Art that is Deeper than Ourselves: A Gallery Talk with Mason Riddle

    Art and Culture: Writing for Art that is Deeper than Ourselves: A Gallery Talk with Mason Riddle

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    Mason is an art historian with an M.A. in Art History and Museum Practice from the University of Minnesota. She writes about the visual arts and architecture for local, regional and national publications.
    Mason has been a visual arts curator at Intermedia Arts, Director of Two Rivers Gallery at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, the Director of the Goldstein Museum of Design, and the Director of the MN Percent for Art in Public Places program. She worked as project director for public artist and community activist Seitu Jones, and has consulted with numerous artists and arts organizations such as Public Art Saint Paul. Mason will join the DAI to discuss writing about art that has cultural and ethnic basis.

  3. Jonathan Herrera: Querida Presencia

    Jonathan Herrera: Querida Presencia

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    Querida Presencia explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. Bodies become politicized by either attempting to dislodge themselves from their dispossessed condition or by their cultural identities opposing a dominant status quo. Within a Latin American historical framework, Herrera constructs print-based objects, installations and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based process translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object's final presentation.

    Opening Reception and Artist Talk - May10th from 6-9pm.

  4. Tara Austin: Boreal Ornament

    Tara Austin: Boreal Ornament

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    Tara Austin has earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in painting. Her early years in Grand Marais, MN instilled an appreciation of botany and a keen observation of patterns in the natural environment. Reflecting on her experiences in the Midwest, South America and Europe, Tara seeks to communicate a form of natural beauty.
    Her paintings are inspired by rosemaling, a traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Incorporating techniques from faux painting and reverse painting on glass, Tara hybridizes traditional techniques with a contemporary perspective. These customary processes became a means for developing a personal aesthetic focused on traditions of geometry, harmony, and craftsmanship.

    Opening Reception and Artist Talk - May 10th from 6-9pm.

  5. Terraria Gigantica: the World under Glass: Dana Fritz

    Terraria Gigantica: the World under Glass: Dana Fritz

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    The photographs in the series Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass frame the world’s largest enclosed landscapes as possible impossibilities: Biosphere 2’s ocean in the Arizona desert, the Henry Doorly Zoo’s desert in the Great Plains of Nebraska, and Eden Project’s tropical rain forest in notoriously gray and cool Cornwall, England. These vivaria are enclosed environments where plants are grown amidst carefully constructed representations of the natural world to entertain visiting tourists. At the same time, however, they support scientific observation and research on the plants and animals housed under these ‘natural conditions’ that require human control of temperature, humidity, irrigation, insects, and weeds to cultivate otherwise impossible environments and species. Taken together, these architectural and engineering marvels stand as working symbols of our current and complex relationship with the non-human world.

  6. Territory: Emerging Photographers 2017

    Territory: Emerging Photographers 2017

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    When the very first issue of Aperture magazine was published in 1952, the art critic Nancy Newhall wrote that “the old literacy of words is dying and a new literacy of images is being born. Perhaps the printed page will disappear and even our records will be kept in images and sounds”. The statement seems all the more prescient over sixty years later, especially given the ubiquity of smart phones, social media photo apps, emojis, and selfies. Why add images to an already saturated landscape? The student photographers of the 2017 emerging photography exhibition are creating images because of a compulsion and passion, because the image is how they explore their world and make sense of their reality. Whether plunging into the macro world of fungi, searching for the punctual moment of adventure sports, mining the subconscious for motivation and connection, disrupting digital data, or molding female forms from garbage waste, the records kept in this show are ones of curiosity and experimentation, imagination and skill.

    Emerging photographers are Riley Loew, Haley Pehrson, Wilson Johnson, Chris Wodicka, Joanna Harms, and Krista Mathes.

  7. The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow: Russell Prather

    The Cut Worm Forgives the Plow: Russell Prather

    506 W Michigan St
    Duluth, MN 55802
    Call: (218) 733-7560

    DAI Morrison Gallery

    Russel Prather earned first place in the 2016 Arrowhead Biennial and creates forms from ordinary objects that change radically depending on the viewers line of sight. Layering paper-thin polyester film painted with dots, lines and markings in acrylic medium, Pather’s work is sequential and reads like pages in a book – infusing his study and teaching of literature into his sculptures. Fulbright scholar and English professor at Northern Michigan University, Prather specializes in British literary and visual culture of the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries and is inspired by the poetry and designs of William Blake.

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