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Earl Austin: Retrospective

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September 2 – October 19, 2014
Corridor Gallery

Earl Austin has been a lifetime art student, art teacher, arts activist, and will remain forever a beloved Duluth artist. A painter and printmaker, Earl is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and studied art at the university of Minnesota, Duluth, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His style, gentle personality and commitment to local arts will be celebrated this fall with a special retrospective of his work.

Signs & Wonders


September 11 - November 2, 2014
Morrison Gallery
Gallery Talk: October 9, 5:30pm

Lawrence Weiner’s famous quote on the outside of the Walker Art Center states: “Bits & Pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole”. The statement is appropriate when looking at “Signs and Wonders”, the DAI’s fall exhibition celebrating the work of Jim Klueg and Fatih Benzer. Both these artists mine collective culture for images, language, and common references. Working in large scale wood panel paintings, Benzer draws from his background in Turkey and his work in the West to build bridges and connections that can co-exist, however tenuously, in his artwork. While working in the completely different medium of clay, Klueg employs visual and literary quotations that can resonate with a broad spectrum of gallery visitors.

Ark of the Anthropocene


September 11 – November 2, 2014
Steffl Gallery
Sponsored by

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Sean Connaughty is a multi-media artist living in Minneapolis. He is a professor in the U of M Twin Cities Art Department and has an extensive exhibition record, nationally and internationally. Connaughty was selected by the Weisman Art Museum to be a featured artist in 2014 and presented his piece “Ark of the Anthropocene” in the museum’s outside courtyard. The same piece from the Wiesman Museum will travel to the Duluth Art Institute this fall as part of Connaughty’s exhibition. The show will also feature a series of terrariums – some submerged in Lake Superior and some visible in the gallery. Connaughty has been collaborating with the earth science departments at the U of M to develop these terrariums to mimic different biozones of planet earth. These orb-like structures will have live internet video feeds that will allow Depot gallery visitors to see, in real time, the sumberged orbs as well as manipulate the video link to change views – allowing them to view inside the terrarium or look underwater in Lake Superior.

Read about "Ark of the Anthropocene" in Hyperallergic.