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60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial

& From The Collection


 Sponsored by 

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November 13, 2014 - February 15, 2015
DAI Steffl Gallery & North Shore Bank of Commerce

Opening Reception & Awards:
November 13, 4 - 7 PM
4 – 7 PM at the Duluth Art Institute
5 – 8 PM at North Shore Bank of Commerce

The Duluth Art Institute is celebrating a milestone this fall – The 60thArrowhead Regional Biennial & Retrospective Exhibition. Started in 1919, the Arrowhead Regional Biennial features some of the best artwork coming out of the upper Midwest. The exhibit celebrates a variety of mediums and artistic voices with excellence as the core theme. A snapshot of the community’s cultural zeitgeist, the 2014 Arrowhead Biennial showcases the work of 20 to 30 of the most exciting artists in the upper Midwest, drawing talent from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, and Canada.  Three awards will be named on the evening of the opening reception, including a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $500, and a third prize of $250.

The Biennial is a juried exhibit and this year we are pleased to announce that Diane Mullin will be our Juror. Diane Mullin is Senior Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She earned her PhD in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. Her curatorial and scholarly work focuses on postwar and contemporary art. From 1998 to 2004 she was a member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) faculty in liberal arts. As Director of MCAD Gallery (2002-2004) she also ran the MCAD/McKnight and MCAD/Jerome fellowship programs.

A very special companion exhibition will be presented at the NorthShore Bank of Commerce. The Lewis family has been collecting works from the Arrowhead Biennial for over 50 years and under the curatorial guidance of Duluth arts icon, curator John Steffl, the Bank will present a historical retrospective of the Arrowhead Biennial. A special catalog celebrating both these exhibits will be unveiled at the opening. 

Meaning of Home

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October 20, 2014 – January 22, 2015
Corridor Gallery
Reception: November 13, 5 - 7 PM


Jo Wood's bead and fiber landscapes celebrate her connection to Nature. They serve as portals to the peace and beauty of Place. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is in the collections of Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN and the Mayo Clinics, Rochester MN. Her work has been published in Lark Books, NY 500 Beaded Objects (2004), and Beadwork Magazine, Interweave Press "Stitching a Sense of Place In Beads".


Wood was born in Berwyn, IL in 1952. In 1970 she moved to DeKalb, IL to attend Northern Illinois University and study weaving and studio arts. The North Shore of Minnesota has been her home for more than 20 years. Much of that time she lived in a rustic log cabin where she hauled water, heated with wood, and created her intimate scale landscapes in beads.


Drawing at the Horizon


November 13, 2014 - February 8, 2015
Morrison Gallery
Reception: November 13, 4 - 6 PM
Sponsored by The Depot Foundation

George Morrison (1919 – 2000) is an international treasure celebrated in institutions in New York, Minneapolis, and Washington DC. Morrison’s understanding of abstraction and its unique connection to natural surroundings made him a leader in the modernerist movement. His deep understanding of the horizon line and its universal appeal allowed his work to connect to broad audiences. The Duluth Art Institute is excited to present a show featuring drawings, notebooks, and source material for Morrison’s masterpieces. This connection to process is part of the mission of the DAI as we look at the act of making art as well as the finished product.

Sponsored by the Depot Foundation

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