Online Art Exhibition @
Spring 2020

The Duluth Art Institute presents Response, an online exhibition reflecting how artists are processing and observing effects of the pandemic. Because our everyday lives are changing everyday, Works in Progress as well as completed work will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Share with us how you are responding to Covid-19 by uploading one to three jpeg images of new or evolving work. 

Please note, artists are responsible for managing sales and shipping. DAI will forward buyer information to artists upon interest. 

Artists are welcome to donate a portion of the sales price to the Duluth Art Institute.

Required information:

  • artist name, email and phone
  • short artist statement (optional)
  • 1-3 images of new or evolving work (jpeg)
  • image must be saved as: artist last name_first name_title_medium_size_for sale price/NFS

By submitting an application artists are agreeing:

  • to handle sales and shipping
  • to permit DAI use of image for promotional purposes
  • submitted work is relevant to the current pandemic

Thank you and please email Exhibitions Director Amy Varsek with any questions:

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 artists and recognize them as the collective foundation where 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.

Exhibition Space
DAI maintains three unique gallery spaces, housed within the Saint Louis County 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.  

Submission Materials

  • A maximum of 10 images with captions (title, year, medium, dimensions) representative of the proposal, save as jpeg, file size under 2MB. Video/audio submissions under 3 minutes with captions
  • Artist Statement (500 word maximum.)
  • Project/Exhibition Statement, including proposed installation requirements (500 word maximum.). Please be aware DAI has limited AV equipment; artists may be asked to provide their own.
  • Optional supplemental proposal information (max 1 page PDF)
  • Artist Resume (no more than 2 pages, PDF)

 Please contact Amy Varsek, Exhibitions Director, at


2021 | 2022 DAI Exhibitions Panel

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of local art professionals that will consider artistic quality and mastery of material, presentation of an authentic voice, cohesiveness of work, and professionalism of the application. Visit our website for images of panelists and their work: 

Olawole Famule holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He has been a visual arts faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Superior since August 2006 and in that time, has actively continued to explore traditional African artistic practices, with specific focus on the Yoruba Egungun masking traditions, as well as their relationships to other non-western and western visual cultures. Prior to his current appointment at University of Wisconsin – Superior, Dr. Famule taught at Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester New York, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona. Dr. Famule has published in many academic journals and has also contributed book chapters to many other publications. His book, The Ijumu-Yoruba Egungun Masquerades: Art and Spirituality in an African Culture, was published in 2009. Dr. Famule currently serves on the Duluth Art Institute Board of Directors. 

Ryuta Nakajima is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Art and Design. With degrees from University of California, San Diego and Kyushu University, Nakajima merges biology and art, publishing scientific papers on cephalopods while highlighting art and design represented in this class of animals. Nakajima explores a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture and projection

Juliane Shibata is a ceramic artist from Northfield, Minnesota. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and has taught at Carleton and Hope colleges as well as The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Juliane’s work has been included in the 23rd Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition and 2019 “Blanc de Chine” International Ceramic Art Award exhibitions. She received first place in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial and was awarded Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2014, 2018, and 2020. In 2016, she was a co-curator of Michi – Distinctive Paths, Shared Affinity: An Exhibition of Japanese American Ceramic Artists, which traveled across the U.S. Her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

Exhibitions Director Amy Varsek joined the Duluth Art Institute in 2014, after nearly 10 years of experience installing artwork in small galleries. She aims to align each artists vision with the strengths and challenges in an exhibition space and looks for artists that evoke emotion through their work. As an artist, Varsek prefers drawing with a no.2 pencil and building sculptures with found objects.  With a degree in biology, her work often represents the living world with a special interest in mammals and anatomy.


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