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Type13: David Short


Reception: Thurs., Jan. 11, 5 - 7 PM

Artist Talk: Wed., Jan. 31, 6 - 7 p.m.

On View: Jan. 11 - Feb. 25, 2018

DAI Morrison Gallery

David Short’s practice involves interests in lettering, type,illustration, and graphic design. He was born and raised in Iowa where he studied graphic design, letterpress and printmaking at both Iowa State University and Savannah College of Art & Design. Currently Short is exploring Latin letterforms their construction, perception, and meanings of both self and their surrounding environments. His solo exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute will feature the daily lettering/typographic explorations that were created and digitally photo-documented during the 2013 calendar year, as the first part of a three year daily experiment. Referencing 365-sketches, the resulting exhibition creates an inviting and optimistic environment to engage the viewer in considering the complex modes of human communication by transference and consumption. The individual works of shapes/letter forms vary from being legible and abstract, in order to illustrate the inherent flux of language in adapting to suit our individual needs as the primary tool for human communication.


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Art & Craft: Penny Perry



Reception: Thurs., Jan. 11, 5 - 7 PM

Artist Talk: Thurs., Feb. 8, 6 - 7 p.m.

On View: Jan. 11 - Feb. 25, 2018

DAI Steffl Gallery

Penny Perry is the youngest of four daughters that grew up on the family farm in Spooner, Wisconsin. Her life is blessed with creative, generous teachers and mentors, two and four-legged. She graduated UW-Superior with a degree in Theater & Art and for the past thirty-seven years has owned/operated the family business Perry Framing & Stained Glass that still maintains its original location in Downtown Duluth. Perry works using a variety of mediums; ink on paper, acrylic paint on canvas, stained glass both painted and leaded, photography, and wood.

“I relish in details of texture, juxtaposition, layered depth of color. Refined shape of negative space. Tension and resonance between colors, notes, words...I trust my right hand-to-eye to draw what I see, and the left to paint what isn’t seen. “

-Penny Perry

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100 Days: Tia Keobounpheng


Reception & Artist Talk: Thurs., Jan 11, 5 - 8 PM

On View: Jan. 11 - Feb. 25, 2018

DAI Corridor

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng, co-founder and designer at Silver Cocoon jewelry captures a day-by-day account of her metal explorations. At the end of each work day, over the course of 100 days, Salmela Keobounpheng allowed herself an hour to explore creatively in metal. 100 Days Exhibition captures her explorations, illustrating both the linear and hap-hazard process of creative ideas. Her commitment to a daily creative-flow practice reveals the impact of small actions accumulated over time – a viable practice for maintaining creativity amidst the realities of working as a professional artist.




Window to the West: Nik Nerburn & Brad Tollefson



Sidewalk Reception: Tues., Sept. 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 7 - March, 2018
Esmond Building, 2001 W Superior St.
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The DAI Lincoln Park Craft District Residency Program supports artists as effective community builders. Second-term residency artist Nik Nerburn is a Bemidji native who holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College and is interested in community, personal histories and “regionalisms.” During his July - Sept. term in Duluth, Nerburn is taking Polaroid pictures of people and places in Lincoln Park. Images will be on view in a pop-up exhibit, “Window to the West,” in the storefront of the Esmond (2001 W Superior St.) along with paintings by neighborhood artist and Seaway Hotel Apartments resident Brad Tollefson. Please join us for a sidewalk reception Sept. 12 to celebrate the work. To view more of Nik's work, visit: www.nikspictures.com/west-duluth-journals


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