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2016 Annual Report

The FY16 Annual Report is available. See it here.

Fall 2016 News Magazine

Our Fall 2016 News Magazine has hit the stands! Read it online here.

The DAI Appoints Catherine Meier as Program Coordinator and Amber White as Interim

The Duluth Art Institute (DAI) today announced the appointment of Catherine Meier as Program Coordinator and Amber White as Interim Program Coordinator. Meier will assume her role in December 2016, with White starting effective immediately. The Program Coordinator position is responsible for designing and carrying out Duluth Art Institute enhancement and engagement events, and for coordinating the dynamic exhibitions program. It is a newly created position at the Institute. More details can be found here.

Plein Air Duluth Painters Recognized with Awards and Cash Prizes

First Place

Duluth, MN— July 18, 2016— Forty artists participated in the Duluth Art Institute’s second “Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord” festival, painting outdoors through various weather conditions in the Duluth-Superior area last week. On Friday, July 15, a small group distinguished themselves among their peers and were recognized with awards and cash prizes. Last year’s first-place award winner, Dan Mondloch, returned as this year’s juror, judging 133 works on view. A $750 first place award went to Duluth-based artist Arna Rennan for “Evening, 5th Ave West.”

Arna Rennan has been painting en plein air for some 20 years. She returned to her native Minnesota after 13 years in Oslo, Norway, where she studied at the National Art Academy and was a working artist. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including Norway’s Cultural Council in Oslo, the Hastings Veterans Hospital, Minnesota Power, Fryberger Law Firm, North Shore Bank of Commerce, and the Duluth Clinic downtown and Lakeside. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and at Voyageurs National Park, and she has taught at the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Duluth Art Institute, where she is slated to participate in a four-person exhibition, “Of the North,” opening this November. Her award-winning painting depicts the view of the aerial lift bridge and the lake as seen from a hilltop vantage point, and it was purchased at the reception opening night.

A special $500 Depot Foundation award went to Lisa Satuffer for All Tied Up. The second place, $250 prize went to Richard Abraham’s “Railyard Vista,” and a $100 third place prize to Matt Kania’s “Happy Duluth Day.” A $100 award for Best Sense of Place was given to Mary Pettis for “Chester’s View.” Honorable Mentions included Angie Malin’s Glensheen Estate, Lee Englund’s Chickens, Ed Cacek’s Thompson Dam, Steve Wysocki’s High Key Orange, and Laura Frykam’s Sunny River Mouth—which also was selected for the $100 People’s Choice Award by her fellow artists and gallery visitors.

As part of the Plein Air Duluth festival, artists also competed in a special Quick Paint event in which they had a mere 90 minutes to complete a painting at Midtown Skate Park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Each artist put one Quick Paint painting on view in the DAI Corridor Gallery, which was judged separately from other festival work. David Gilsvik’s “Into the Light” was awarded a $100 first place prize in the Quick Paint category. Honorable mentions included Michelle Wegler’s “Have a Nice Day,” Greg Lecker’s “Bow of Rainbow of Light,” and Adam Swanson’s “Skateboard.”

Paintings created in the Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord festival are on view in an exhibit of the same title through September 9. Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord is sponsored by the Depot Foundation, St. Luke’s, and Whole Foods Co-op.

Design DLH Videos

The DAI spent 2015-16 celebrating contemporary design and Duluth's unique visual voice with a series of discussions: Design DLH. Each session was videotaped, and all are available to view here.