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Duluth Art Institute Exhibition Program

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About the Exhibition Program

We seek to create exhibition programming that represents a diversity of voices, mediums and artists at different stages in their career and to foster a program that is accessible, reflective, and responsive to our community and region.

The Duluth Art Institute does not maintain a permanent collection of artwork. We are interested in process as well as final product. We are interested in exploring the challenging questions and concerns of our community and the broader world and gaining understanding of the role visual arts can play in our humanity.


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 in Duluth 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 20th 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.

Duluth and the Western Lake Superior area are home to people of numerous cultures, customs, and interests – from the Anishinaabe 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 submissions

The Duluth Art Institute maintains a robust exhibition program featuring a rotating schedule of shows.  Exhibition proposals will be reviewed by a panel composed of artists, curators, arts professionals, and arts-engaged citizens.

We seek exhibition proposals from artists that:
-       bear an original or authentic voice
-       convey a clear concept and/or present a cohesive body of work
-       demonstrate a mastery of chosen materials or displays an outstanding level of artistic quality
-       uphold a high level of professionalism

Open call for submissions is twice per year. The first application round will select exhibition programming for May through December of 2018.  Accepted artists will have approximately one year to develop their show.

Applications are open to both individual artists as well as group show proposals.

The deadlines are as follows:

Due                                         Decision                                  Shows

April 1, 2017                           May 15, 2017                            May 2018 – Dec 2018
Sep 1, 2017                             Oct 15, 2017                              Jan 2019 – June 2019


Submission Materials
-       Work Samples  (10 images or up to three minutes of video or audio of work completed in the last five years)
-       Artist Statement (up to 500 words)
-       Exhibition Proposal (optional, up to 500 words)
-       Artist Resume (Two pages max)

All applications are to be submitted through

Questions? Want more information?
Catherine Meier, Exhibition Director, Duluth Art Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">




2017 Homegrown Photo Show Submission

Please submit your images for the Homegrown Photo Show! Co-sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute.

Themes: The photo show is open to any photographs where the subject revolves around the Duluth/Superior music scene. Theme is not limited to just photographs of musicians performing. Think of subjects such as portraits of artists, crowd scenes at shows, or other ancillary events. Stretch the limits and surprise us! Please use the description field to indicate how it applies to the scene if it isn’t obvious from the photo.

To apply:

    1. Submissions will be accepted until April 1st, 2017
    2. You may submit up to ten photographs. Submitting the maximum amount is encouraged.
    3. The jurying is done blindly, so please submit unwatermarked images around 1000px wide for jurying.
    4. Those selected for the show will be asked to provide a larger digital file for printing.
    5. New for 2017: Photographers with many strongly juried photographs may get multiple pieces in the show.
    6. Top 20 juried photos will go on display at The Red Herring starting the week of Homegrown 2017.
    7. Homegrown Music Festival will take care of printing and framing all of the selected photographs.
    8. You are welcome to set a sale price on your photo if gets accepted for the show. However it is expected that the amount to cover reimbursing the frame will be taken out of the sale price.
    9. Photographers retain all rights to submitted and accepted photographs.
    10. Any questions about the Photo Show may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.