DAI / Lincoln Park Craft District Artist Residency

  • $1,000 Stipend + Housing for non-local artist
  • Tour small craft business partners for skill-sharing, materials, and more
  • Create a craft-centered, community-inspired art installation

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. We just concluded our inaugural year of the residency, which includes two terms. Duluth artist Paul LaJeunesse created a mural for the first term (March - June 2017), and Nik Nerburn displayed Polaroid images in a storefront window for the second (July - September 2017). 

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not consider themselves a "craft artist" by traditional definitions, but be committed to hands-on methods of producing. 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.

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.

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 project, installation, or body of work, with some aspect that engages with and showcases Lincoln Park craft businesses and its residents. Artists should have an understanding and respect of shared workspaces, materials safety and safe studio practices, as well as an openness to the change and evolution of ideas throughout the residency project.

Artists will tour the neighborhood with staff and will partner with a neighborhood craft business. Terms of the partnership will be agreed upon between the artist and the business. 

Artists will be responsible for creating at least one public project in Lincoln Park, informed by their experience in the neighborhood. The project could include performance art in the neighborhood, art filling empty storefronts, public art in the park, pop-up projects, artist-designed plantings, furnishing, or lighting, or any number of outcomes. The artist would work with the DAI staff to coordinate the time and placement of the project, with DAI staff responsible for marketing it.

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. 

 Deadline to be announced.

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