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Gezielt (Targeted): Carla Hamilton


Gezielt (Targeted): Carla Hamilton

Reception: Feb. 23, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Feb. 23 - April 9, 2017
Artist Talk & Exhibition Forum: March 8, 5:30 PM

My latest body of work comes from an experience of walking while black. In March of 2015 I was enjoying a Duluth evening on Superior Street when I was stopped by a cop and accused of bothering my two white friends. My fear from the incident spurred me to request mediation and body camera footage. The mediation process was a great exchange - the officers saw me as more of a person and I saw them as people too.  This work comes from processing both the original experience as well as the productive aftermath. We can’t ignore the things that happen and in order to move forward we have to talk.

Carla Hamilton was born in the rural town of Wrenshall, MN but spent nearly 18 years in Stuttgart, Germany, where she studied classic art techniques at the Freie Kunstschule. She returned to MN in 2012 and expanded her use of mixed media, turning from traditional painting techniques to employ repurposed objects including glass, sand, wire, and string. Her artwork is a deeply personal expression of her life experiences, yet carries a political and social charge.

The forum will be led by the DAI Artist Services Director, Amber White, and panelists will include visual artist Carla Hamilton; the City of Duluth’s Human Rights Officer, Carl Crawford; Chief of Police Mike Tusken; and the president of the NAACP-Duluth, Stephan Witherspoon. After the forum guests are invited to a free reception from 7 – 10 p.m. at Studio 3 West downtown for the opening of a new, group exhibition, “WTF: A Feminist Art Exhibit.” The juried show is co-sponsored by the DAI and will feature edgy, thought-provoking works of art based on Women’s Rights/issues, timed with International Women’s Day.


Rooted Expression: Elizabeth Kuth 2017 Annual Membership Exhibition


Rooted Expression: Elizabeth Kuth

Reception: Feb. 23, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Feb. 16 - April 9, 2017
Artist Talk: March 23, 5:30 p.m.

With a background in Jungian psychology and Abstract Expressionism, Elizabeth Kuth uses paint to evoke subconscious, childlike forms. Seeking a universal language through the painted surface, Kuth’s work is constantly shifting and continuously searching for meaning and purpose.



Emerging Photographers 2017


Emerging Photographers 2017

Reception: Feb. 23, 5 -7 p.m.
On View: Feb. 23 – April 1, 2017

An ongoing partnership between the Duluth Art Institute and the University of Minnesota Duluth, this annual exhibit showcases the rich learning in photo theory as well as digital, analog, and hybrid techniques mastered by the region’s postsecondary students. This year’s photographers are: Katie Bertucci, Keegan Burckhard, Liz Huninghake, Wilson Johnson, Sammie Lundberg, Kaitie Sauer, Eric Soderberg, and Emily Theisen.

Youth Art Month


Youth Art Month Exhibition: Typography Edition
On View: March 2017 @ Whole Foods Co-op, Denfeld (4426 Grand Ave)
Opening Reception: March 2, 5 – 7 p.m., @ Whole Foods Co-op, Denfeld (4426 Grand Ave)


Throughout the month of March the Duluth Art Institute will recognize artistic achievements of area K-12 youth in the annual “Youth Art Month” exhibition. The opening celebration will include a free, hands-on typography demonstration by David Short, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. His presentation will focus on telling stories with letters, and will give the public the chance to create their own fonts. Some of Short’s design work from school workshops will be included in the exhibition, as well as typography created by regional students.

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