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The mission of the Duluth Art Institute is to enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes inclusive community participation.

The Duluth Art Institute is following CDC Covid-19 guidelines, as well as state and local protocols. Social distancing measures are practiced in all indoor spaces. Masks are required when indoors.

Before registering for classes, camps, and workshops, please review the registration information and policies at the bottom of this page. 

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    • 04 Aug 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • St. Louis County Depot, DAI John Steffl Gallery

    Spend an evening with Chesley Antoinette. She will share the inspiration and motivation behind Tignon, give insight into the process, and talk about her career. 

    We will have seating for about 50 people. 

    Location: John Steffl Gallery

    Cost: FREE — Please register to let us know you are coming


    5:00-5:30: Social Hour & Cash Bar

    5:30-6:15 Artist Talk
    6:15 - 6:30 Tignon on view

    In accordance with MN guidelines, vaccinated persons do not need to wear a face mask. The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that anyone who is not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses, public settings, and when around people from other households, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • St. Louis County Depot, 4th floor, John Steffl Gallery
    • 12

    Exhibiting Artist Workshop: Heart of the Head Wrap with Chesley Antoinette

    Thursday, August 5

    Member Cost: $25

    Non-Member Cost: $30

    All ages welcome

    Learn to sculpt headwraps with exhibiting artist Chesley Antoinette. Each workshop participant receives a scarf to sculpt and embellish, inspired by the collection of headwraps on view in Tignon. As participants incorporate their personal style, they will learn the history of the 1786 Tignon Law and uncover how the headwrap became a symbol of rebellion in Louisiana—subverting intentional oppression by enhancing beauty, intelligence, and adaptability. 

    • 16 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    We are taking a new approach to book club this summer. We know your schedules are busy and you want to soak up as much of the warmth and sunshine as possible before temperatures are negative again. This summer, we explore “The House of Spirits” by Isabel Allende. Read this magic realist fiction novel at your own pace. On August 16, we will gather over Zoom to discuss this Chilean Novel of the Year.  Artist Karlyn Atkinson Berg, will join our chat about the book as a whole and help us identify parallels between this novel and her current exhibition “Unfolding Odyssey.” 

    Register for free to get the Zoom link (to be sent closer to the date).

    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)

    The Annual Member Show is the Duluth Art Institute’s most celebrated event of the year. This exhibition showcases a creative, inspirational, and moving collection of art highlighting DAI members’ artistic endeavors over the past year. Members’ work matters to the community, and this show promises to be unlike any other.

    We are excited to bring community together in celebration with a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. Please save the date for this unique art opening event on August 17 at 3PM. We anticipate over 150 pieces of two-dimensional and sculptural art, with many pieces available for sale. 

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Link

    Are you ready for the next Free ArtDAI? It will be hosted over Zoom again, with supply kits provided ahead of time. Free ArtDAI includes two surprise art making activities which can be enjoyed by art makers of any age. Adult supervision and assistance is recommended for young participants.

    Event Schedule:

    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM- Visual Diaries with Heidi Blunt

    11:45 AM to 12:30 PM- Make Your Own Own 'Chappal' Roshan Ganu

    ‘Chappal’, open toe slippers native to the Indian Subcontinent are a delight to wear in the summer, as we explore streets long and narrow, and walk through towns big and small. During the 45 minutes, we will look through images of the original leather ‘Chappal’ which is fabricated in Kolhapur, a town in western India. Then, we will make a simple, miniature version of this Chappal using paper, markers, glue and a pair of scissors. Once you do it, make your own collection of multiple, colorful mini-Chappals in your own time. 

    Learn more about our instructing artists on their websites:
    Heidi Blunt-


    Roshan Ganu-


    Stay tuned for more event details to come. Registration is limited to 100 participants

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

    Celebrate creativity and community during the Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building Grand Re-Opening.

    Explore everything our historic building has to offer with self-guided studio tours, live pottery and weaving demonstrations, and make-and-take art projects.

    Shop the DAI art supply sale fundraiser and find your new favorite coffee mug at the ceramic studio sale. Make sure to also pick something fresh from our community garden on your way out!


    Updawg Food Truck

    Love Creamery



    UMD Land Lab

    Mentor North

    Print this interactive poster to color and post on your fridge as a reminder about the event. We can't wait to see you! 

    • 24 Aug 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating a pre-existing statement, this workshop will give you the skills to clearly articulate your intent and goals. Professional and clearly written artist statements position you for success when applying for residencies, grants, and opportunities, playing a crucial role in increasing your work's exposure and sales potential.

    Led by local artist, Susanna Gaunt, this one hour workshop offers the opportunity to learn from an artist who has written and submitting artist statements for years. It includes group discussions, writing exercises, and tips to leave with.

     By the end of our time together, you will walk away with the ability to write about your artistic practice and the tools and techniques to produce new statements with each body of work. 

    • 27 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 28 Aug 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building
    • 11

    Watercolor Workshop with David Becker

    Friday, August 27, & Saturday, August 28, 9:00am-4:00pm

    Member Cost: $275

    Non-Member Cost: $325

    Learn to watercolor paint from beginning to end with Illinois-based artist and author David R. Becker. Starting with the control of the watercolor medium, David teaches students all skills needed to create well-composed paintings. Daily photo references will accompany each morning and afternoon lesson. David takes great pride in making sure every student leaves with the ability to paint with confidence. Painters at every level will enjoy this workshop.  The goal of this workshop is to conquer the medium of watercolor. David will supply all materials for this workshop, so bring yourself and be ready to expand your knowledge of watercolor painting.

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Ursa Minor Brewing
    Support the Arts. Support local. Drink craft beer.
    A fundraiser in support of Duluth Art Institute's Ceramics Studio
    September 23rd 5:30-8:30pm at Ursa Minor Brewery, 2415 W. Superior Street, Suite B Duluth, MN 55806
    Mugs, steins, shakers, pilsners and pints are among the many handmade drinking vessels made by Duluth Art Institute Ceramic Studio Artists that are available for purchase. Tickets are $50 and include a handmade vessel of your choice and a 16oz beverage from Ursa Minor Brewing. Live music TBD.
    Purchase tickets online (available September 1st) or in person at Ursa Minor Brewery and DAI Ceramics Studio, cash or check only. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event.
    All are welcome. This is a family friendly event, non-alcoholic options are available. Wood fired pizza and Love Creamery ice cream is available for purchase at Ursa Minor, view their menu at: https://ursaminorbrewing.com/
    • 09 Oct 2021
    • (CDT)


    Show your support for the Duluth Art Institute, Roaring 20s style. We are bringing back some classic DAI Gala elements including silent auction packages, heads and tails, and a Fund-a-Need program. Inspired by the success of the 2020 Virtual Gala, the 2021 Gala offers a multilevel ticket option, exciting raffle items, and a once-in-a-lifetime afterparty experience you will not want to miss. The 1920s were a decade of growth and celebration and the 2020s are quickly trending this way, too. 

    The Masquerade Gala is the DAI’s premier annual event and fundraiser. With visual art exhibitions, art classes for all ages, and artist services such as professional development and networking, the DAI serves 68,000 artists and art lovers in the region and throughout the state. Funding from the Gala supports bringing art to and inspiring art in everyone. Watch for more details.

    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Link

    Are you ready for the next Free ArtDAI? It will be hosted over Zoom again, with supply kits provided ahead of time. Free ArtDAI includes two surprise art making activities which can be enjoyed by art makers of any age. Adult supervision and assistance is recommended for young participants. 

    More details to come. Registration is not open at this time.

Registration Information 

Online class registration can be paid for online with a credit card, as we are limiting the handling of cash and checks at this time. Following payment, you will receive a confirmation email; please check all inboxes.

Please read through the registration policies before registering.

If there is insufficient enrollment, we will cancel the class, notify registered students, and refund all payments including deposits. Sometimes this cancellation occurs at the very last minute. Please register early or you might find that your favorite class is full or, conversely, canceled because of low enrollment.  Class, camp and workshop policies vary slightly. 

Registration Policies

      • Tuition must be received one week prior to the class start date and two weeks prior to camp start dates to ensure both your place and adequate class materials.
      • Class tuition includes a $10 non-refundable registration fee, this does not include multi-day classes. Camp tuition includes a $25 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.
      • Students cancelling one week before the first class session or two weeks prior to the first day of camp are eligible for a refund, not including deposits or registration fees. Refunds cannot be made after classes begin.
      • Workshop policies may differ, please refer to class description for more information. 
      • Student Members are not eligible for membership discounts on classes. 



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