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Annual Member Show 

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 5 - 8 PM

On View: February 6 - March 1, 2020

St. Louis County Depot Great Hall

Celebrate Duluth's creative community. From seasoned artists to first time exhibitors, this annual show is a celebration of our member's expressive selves and artistic diversity. Expect a rich and personal collection of work created by members over this past year with paintings, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, photography, and more. Every member is invited to submit one piece per membership that is ready to install. 

Details for Entry

1. Check to make sure your membership is up to date. If you need to renew or sign up for a membership, visit our membership page, or call our main office at 218-733-7560.

2. Drop off one work of art per membership, that is ready to install/hang, to the Depot Great Hall on:

January 21, 10 AM - 6 PM

January 22, 9 AM - 5 PM

Be prepared to complete contract and label information upon drop off, including name, title, medium, and price (keeping in mind that 40% of art sales are kept as commission for the DAI) as well as insurance value. Please adhere to the drop off days to ensure that a staff member is available to check in your artwork.

3. Submissions must be picked up on one of the following dates:

March 2, 9 AM - 5 PM

March 3, 10 AM - 6 PM

March 4, 8 AM - 4 PM

Criteria for Work

1. Artwork can be no larger than 40 " high or 40 " wide including frame. 

2. Artwork must have been created in 2019.

Sponsored by:

Andy Messerschmidt 

Artist Talk: March 17, 5-7 PM

On View: February 14- April 12

Corridor Gallery

Andy Messerschmidt’s work reflects popular culture’s consumption and hoarding of images. Individuals are massing collections of photos online, images representing a life we wish to be living, maintaining facades that can bring personal conflict and stress. His kaleidoscopic realms layer assorted objects with backdrops of wrapping paper, hand drawn mazes and elaborate patterns. Messerschmidt likens the gallery to a temple, reasoning that artwork is elevated simply by appearing in the space. His paintings therefore become the alter, “Shrines to ornamental multiphrenia.” 

Messerschmidt operates the Ornamental Hermit Studio in Ely, Minnesota where he creates and displays his artwork. Represented throughout the United States and abroad, he has appeared in multiple solo and group shows, including being awarded first place in the 2012 Arrowhead Regional Biennial.

    Image Credit: Andy Messerschmidt, Morecore, acrylic, cut paper on routered MDF

Youth Art Month: Take A Journey Through Art 

Opening Reception: March 4, 4-6 PM

On View: March 1-31

Whole Foods Co-op Denfeld

Whole Foods Co-Op and the Duluth Art Institute partner to showcase young artists in our community throughout the month of March. Together we highlight and celebrate youth art at WFC Denfeld with The Council for Art Education bringing us this year’s national theme, Take a Journey Through Art.

Work on view includes students from Duluth Art Institute’s Home School class, Lincoln Park Middle School, Raleigh Edison, and Woodland Hills. Join us to celebrate and recognize students during the opening reception on Wednesday March 4, 4-6pm.  Light refreshments will be available along with an opportunity to get creative with local art teacher Chrissy Valento.

Image Credit: Ben, print

Emerging Photographers 

Artist Talk: March 17, 5-7 PM

On View: March 9-29

St. Louis County Depot Great Hall

This year DAI hosts 10 University of Minnesota-Duluth photography students in the Saint Louis County Depot Great Hall.  Selections made by Exhibitions Director Amy Varsek include digital prints and collages that represent passionate emerging voices.  The artists in the 2020 Emerging Photographers exhibition are developing meaningful personal relationships with their subjects and therefore producing authentic, thought provoking work.”  Students are led by Art + Design professor Gloria DeFilipps Brush whose own work merges literature and photography, embracing and encouraging differences in the observer’s perceptions.

Congratulations to UMD 2020 Emerging Photographers: Michael Dahmen, Jason Fredrickson, Alayna Heglund, Eema Ibrahim, Samantha Maynard, Dannyelle Moon, Emily Paulson, Sarah Roesler, Stevie Twining, Alison Wieber

Image Credit: Jason Fredrickson, Sink, photograph



  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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