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Transitions is a temporary installation of work for sale. Transitions offers you the unique ability to purchase artwork without waiting the length of the exhibition to take the work home. As work is purchased, new work will transition into the space left behind, making this exhibition dynamic and ever-changing. 

Transitions features artists recently and currently exhibiting in the Duluth Art Institute Galleries. Artists currently represented include Shaun Chosa, Michael Dahmen, Susanna Gaunt, Kristen Kaas, Sue Rauschenfels, Alyssa Swanson, and Blair Treuer

 Come see work you will love on your walls.

You can also see the work on our eStore


Kristen Kaas

Performing Arts Wing

“I see the tradition of weaving as a connection to the past. I carry this connection forward with a modern aesthetic and through the use of new materials and processes.”  —Kristen Kaas

Working with fiber, Kristen Kaas designs and weaves pieces exploring texture and dimension. On view this fall are two large scale weavings in a soft pallet. Tufts of thread escape woven edges while iridescent yarn shines sporadically yet rhythmically throughout the weft . Kaas’ experimental techniques result in contemporary designs rooted in traditional methods. Her current work focuses on weaving layered structures using connection points between the layers to create dimension.

Drawing inspiration from interiors, vintage furniture design and apparel design, Kaas explores how textiles enhance our environment and daily experiences, focusing on their tactile nature. She explains, “I believe that surrounding ourselves with a rich sensory experience will have an effect on our physical and emotional awareness.” At her home studio, Kaas surrounds herself with curated image clippings, estate sale yarns and found objects; each contributing to a growing list of ideas for weavings, collabs, and products. Kaas’ designs are driven by these ideas and evolve throughout her weaving process, resulting in a range of work from sculptural to wearable.

Raised in Stillwater, Minnesota Kaas was inspired by her surrounding artistic community. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an Associate of Applied Science in apparel design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kaas lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and four children. This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from Minnesota State Legislature General Fund.



  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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