DAI / Lincoln Park Craft District Artist Residency - Mural project

• $8,000 stipend

• Tour small craft business partners for skill-sharing, materials, and expertise

• Create a community-inspired mural for debut in June of 2018

The aim of the Artist in Residence program is to support the role of artists as effective community builders and to expand the revitalization of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The residency is offered through the Duluth Art Institute and the Lincoln Park Business Group and will run from February through May of 2018. The $8,000 stipend includes artist stipend, supplies, and housing per diem.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply but the finished project for the winter 2018 round will be an outdoor mural. Selection will also be based on the artist's willingness to have an active presence within the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and to increase arts engagement and enhance neighborhood identity.

Studio and Facilities

One artist per residency term will have a private studio space provided in the DAI Lincoln Center for Education, with daily access during regular building hours (generally 9am-9pm). The studio measures 14 x 19 feet and features large, north-facing windows, several 110 electrical outlets, and two story ceilings with a lofted storage space. A shared restroom, refrigerator, and microwave are available on the same floor. The Lincoln Center is also home to our rented ceramics studio spaces, including three electric kilns, one gas kiln, a glaze room, and ceramics ventilation, as well as an AIM 104J fused-glass kiln and Blick Master Etch printing press.

The DAI’s main gallery and office location at the Depot in downtown Duluth offers a black and white darkroom (The DAI Darkroom) and a fiber studio maintained by the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild. All access to DAI studios would be scheduled with facility managers and meet the same policies as regular members or renters. Artists will also have the support of DAI staff for residency-related activities and promotions.


Artists should exhibit the ability to envision and produce a public mural project that engages with the Lincoln Park craft businesses or its residents in some way. Artists should have an understanding and respect of shared workspaces, materials safety and safe studio practices, as well as openness to the change and evolution of ideas throughout the residency project.

The Artist will be responsible for creating a public mural in Lincoln Park in the 20th Ave West corridor between HWY35 and Superior street as engaging with the community during the project process.

Artists will tour the neighborhood with staff at the beginning of the residency. The artist will work with DAI staff and a representative from the Lincoln Park Business Group to coordinate the design and installation of the mural. DAI staff and the Lincoln Park Business Group will be responsible for marketing the artist and mural project.

Eligibility/Selection Process

The DAI will accept applications from any local, regional, or national artist who is not currently enrolled in an academic program. The selection panel will consist of Lincoln Park artists, community members, and business owners.


Submit the following to annesdugan@gmail.com by December 1st, 2017.

1. Cover letter – why do you think you would make a good candidate for this residency?

2. Resume with two refrences

3. 8 images of recent work

Deadline 12/1/17

Artist will be selected by 12/15/17 and residency will begin 2/1/18.

About the Duluth Art Institute and the Lincoln Park neighborhood

The Duluth Art Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit visual arts organization that has been providing visual arts programming to the region for 109 years. The mission of the Duluth Art Institute is to enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation.

In 1975 the DAI found its first home in the historic Depot Building, 506 West Michigan Street. Today, it houses our business office, galleries, fiber studio, and darkroom. In 1992, compelled by an increasing demand for further educational programming and access to the ceramics arts, the DAI purchased an authentic Carnegie Library in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2229 West 2nd Street. At this site the DAI offers ceramic studio rentals; multi-purpose studio space; classes for youth and adults; summer art camps; and Free Family Days.

Duluth is a visually stimulating city on a Great Lake and an industrial history, while still being small enough to offer low overhead costs and ample community support. After years or empty storefronts and negative perceptions, efforts are underway to renew Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood as a craft hub with strong neighborhood commitment. The DAI has a unique opportunity, in partnership with area small businesses, for artists to expand their practice with a craft business partnership. The presence of active artists will also aid the area’s creative and economic growth.

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