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Alllen Killian-Moore: I Am What's Wrong With The World 


Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 4, 5 - 8 PM

On View: May 23 - August 11, 2019

George Morrison Gallery

Allen Killian-Moore’s exhibition explores a dichotomy featuring a collection of hypnotic, aesthetically driven moving images that questions folly and craves reparations. Filmed with a wide variety of formats including Super 8mm, 16mm, HD Video, 120 Film, Instant Film, and 35mm Lomokino Film, among others, Moore’s work carries forward a diverse pallet while simultaneously uniting images in a strong, singular vision which permeates every frame. The film and video pieces in this exhibition wrestle with the effects of power in our world while poetically exploring civilization, homelessness, ecology, urban blight, our human impulse to create, and the search for self-understanding in contemporary society. Though human instinct often drives our species to act greedily, we have nonetheless developed cultural habits and traits which aid us in overcoming our selfish genes, thereby steering us toward more altruistic endeavors. 

Allen Killian-Moore is a moving image film and video artist, writer, and interdisciplinary performer. His work explores coexistence in many forms—individual and collective, social and political, life and death. Allen’s moving image work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at a wide variety of venues, including the Joseph Nease Gallery, Hennepin Theater Trust’s Made Here exhibition in Minneapolis, and Fill In The Blank Gallery in Chicago. In addition, Allen is the curator for Duluth’s avant-garde, micro-cinema film series, the Saltless Sea Cinema. 

Image Credit: Allen Killian-Moore, Still from Silent Crude, 2019. Allen Killian-Moore, Still from Late Stage Catastrophe, 2019 


Susanna Gaunt, Russell Prather, Natalie Salminen Rude, Juliane Shibata

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 4, 5 - 8 PM

On View: May 8 - August 11, 2019

John Steffl Gallery

These four artists return to the DAI John Steffl Gallery, challenged to create new sculptural work inspired by one word: strata. Individually, they record the succession of time, nature, and experiences. Collectively, they offer stratified sculptures for the viewer to explore, revealing layers within the work as well as ourselves. 

Gaunt evokes curiosity and reflection in her work, most recently exhibited at Macrostie Art Center and University of Wisconsin Superior Kruk Gallery. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota as does Salminen Rude, owner and artist at Studio Haiku in the Woodland neighborhood. Salminen Rude’s encaustics deliver compositions born from process, exploration and memories whereas Shibata strives to capture the ephemeral process of life by incorporating live flowers into her ceramic sculptures. Shibata is a visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and the first-place awardee in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial. Russell Prather secured his first place 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial award in 2016 and continues to teach at Northern Michigan University as a Professor of British literature and visual culture. Prather’s work examines layered imagery that evolves and changes with the viewers line of sight.

Image Credit: Natalie Salminen Rude, bare efficiency // currency of greatest worth // conquistadors know, encaustic, Japanese paper, 23 kt gold leaf, ink, hand drawn plat map artifacts, plexiglass on birch

Popular Opinions: A Cultural Discussion 


Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 4, 5 - 8 PM

On View: May 30 - July 31, 2019

Corridor Gallery

In response to the rapid increase in mass-production, media, and culture, the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s helped to make sense of a changing world. Artists were surrounded by a tumultuous post-war atmosphere colored by political unrest, social tension, and an evolving economy. By combining consumerism and high-art, these artists were able to critique and comment on popular culture. 

The 21st century is similarly turbulent, with the domination of technology, clashing of political viewpoints, and strained global relations. Artists are using these conditions to produce art that critiques our current surroundings in a comparable way. These contemporary interpretations define our era much like Campbell’s Soup and Marilyn Monroe did for the 1960’s. 

Today, we have a different perspective of this commentary on consumerist culture. This exhibition features artists whose work intrigue thought and comment on the world around them; interpretations of popular culture, the political climate, and everyday environments. Concepts range from icons and figures to consumerism and capitalism. The Duluth Art Institute is creating a space to display cultural opinions and welcomes discussion on all aspects of society.  

As a culmination of their internships, Rachel Feigal, Megan Finegan, Chieze Kaip, and Sierra Lundmark developed this exhibition from start to finish. Join us on June 4th to celebrate the DAI intern’s first curated exhibition.

Image Credit: Martin Nelson, Wonderland, collage on paper, 2015

Paul LeJeunesse 


On View: April - June, 2019

City Hall Mayor's Reception Room

Paul LaJeunesse, Assistant Professor of Art at the College of St. Scholastica, investigates the relationship among individual memories of time, space, and place. “It is through the thoughtful and careful reconstruction of an experience of place that I am able to pause, contemplate, and recreate the significance of locality as a place of felt value.” LaJeunesse’s Islandic landscape paintings on view in the Mayor’s Reception Room evoke memories reminiscent of Duluth’s own terrain while clearly depicting a territory further north. 

Image Credit: Paul LaJeunesse, Plateau, ink on canvas, 2008 

Kelly Dupre 


On View: April - June, 2019

City Hall Rotunda

Kelly Dupre’s linocut print collection on view in Duluth City Hall’s rotunda celebrates the natural environment. Dupre brings the viewer into her joyful world, cultivating stories with symbolism and humor. A passionate teacher and award-winning author and illustrator, Dupre lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota. 

Image Credit: Kelly Dupre, Earth Dwellers, linoprint 



  The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.

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