History and Context
The Duluth Art Institute exhibition program is built on a long history of supporting artists and the arts in our community. Starting in 1897 with the first art club organized by Bishop McGolrick, an early settler of the area, who saw the support of artists as vital to a great city, and continuing throughout the political, societal, and economic shifts of the twentieth century, the Duluth Art Institute has worked to make sure that art is available and accessible for all citizens of our community.
Our exhibition programming reflects a regional consciousness that values fine art and fine craft as well as the artists and artisans that create them. We pride ourselves in exhibiting a diversity of voices and mediums, and want to function as a space for artists to take risks, explore ideas, and reveal the everyday inventiveness and intellectualism of the people, and the art, of our region.
Our region is home to people of numerous cultures, customs, and interests – from the Aanishinabe who first lived here and continue to inhabit the area – to early Scandinavian and European settlers, to the individuals and groups young and old who still venture north to inhabit, work, or play in this exquisitely beautiful place. We believe our exhibitions should be both a voice and a mirror for the rich human and cultural tapestry that is this place, and of art that speaks to us and contributes to our cultural conversation.
Call for 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 reviewed by DAI Curator in collaboration with regional artists, curators, arts professionals, and citizens with a shared a commitment to celebrate living arists and recognize them as the collective foundation that culture originates and thrives.
Exhibitions will be chosen based on originality, merit, vision, feasibility, potential to engage a broader audience in the arts and beyond museum walls.
DAI maintains three unique gallery spaces, housed within the historic Union Train 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.
Questions or to request a printable PDF with gallery floor plans and dimensions.
Contact Jason Pearson, Curator, Duluth Art Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org