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Exhibiting at the DAI

Open Call for Submissions: January 1 – February 14, 2022 

The Duluth Art Institute is excited to announce an open call for 2023/2024 exhibition proposals.  

Submissions are open to any local, regional, and national visual artist or artist collective, not currently enrolled in a degree seeking program at the time of application. DAI seeks proposals that reflect the expanding field of contemporary art and practice as well as those engaged in timeless folk and craft traditions.  

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of regional art professionals that will consider artistic quality and mastery of material, presentation of an authentic voice, cohesiveness of work, and professionalism of the application. Panel members will be announced by January 1, 2022. 

DAI maintains three unique gallery spaces, housed within the Saint Louis County Depot. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit each space before submitting and allowed (not required) to consider two or three of the spaces for simultaneous use. Gallery maps are available below. 

Artists are responsible for the shipping/delivery of work. 

Please be aware DAI has limited AV equipment; artists may be asked to provide their own. 

Submission Materials  

Complete an application on between January 1 and February 14 with the following materials: 

  • Artist Statement (upload PDF; 500 word maximum) 
  • Artist Resume (PDF; 2-page maximum) 
  • Project/Exhibition Statement, including proposed installation requirements (500 word maximum) 
  • A maximum of 10 images representative of the proposal, save as jpeg, file size under 2MB in following file name (prior to uploading): artist name_title_medium_year_size_for sale price. Video/audio submissions under 3 minutes with captions 
  • Optional supplemental proposal information (maximum 1 page PDF) 

Questions? Please contact Amy Varsek, Exhibitions Director, at 

Future Opportunities

Stay informed & take full advantage of upcoming opportunities:


Become a DAI member to participate in the next DAI Annual Member Show, tentatively scheduled for April 2022.



  • Create a free account on to be ready for DAI open calls 
  • Update artist statement, bio, CV, and work images to be current leading up to January 2022



Exhibitions are selected by a panel of local and regional art professionals. Panel jurors are announced in conjunction with open calls. 2023/2024 Exhibition Panelists will be announced by start of open call, January 1, 2022.


The DAI hosts open call applications on Submittable. Creating a free account on their platform also gives you access to opportunities regionally, nationally, and worldwide.


Artist Info Sheets can be emailed to the DAI Exhibitions Director, These one-page PDFs should include images of your current work, your contact information, and an artist statement. You may also include education, work history, fellowships and grant awards or other interesting facts about you and your work. Artist Info Sheets will be kept on file for future reference and are not considered official applications for an exhibition.
Prior to sending, please save artist info sheets as: artistname_medium_year.pdf 

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