History and Context

Since 1907 the Duluth Art Institute (DAI) has been a cultural catalyst for the visual arts. DAI ensures that art is not exclusively for the wealthy, but for all the citizens of Duluth. DAI's success is due to talented, generous and resilient artists, along with the support of local patrons and a civic-minded, hard-working public who understand the value in visual arts, positioning the Duluth Art Institute to be a center for creativity and a cornerstone of social change.

In 1970, the DAI joined forces with several of the regions like-minded non-profits and moved into the Historic Union Depot. As a result of growth, the DAI purchased the Historic Carnegie Library in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood and created more maker spaces. This location houses a ceramic studio with fifteen clay wheels and five kilns, as well as the space for 100 education programs to adults and youth. The DAI embraces and cultivates the vitality and diversity specific to the area.

The driving force behind the DAI’s’ success was the talented, generous, and resilient artists, along with the support of local patrons.  Today, we couple that with the help of civic-minded, hard-working public who understands the value in maker spaces and activism through visual arts, positioning the Duluth Art Institute to be the center for creativity and a cornerstone of social change.

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 arists 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 historic Union Train 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 (no more than 1 page, PDF or Word Doc.)
  • Project/Exhibition Statement, including proposed installation requirements (no more than 1 page, PDF or Word Doc.). Please be aware DAI has limited AV equipment; artists may be asked to provide their own
  • Artist Resume (no more than 2 pages, PDF or Word Doc.)


Questions and to request printable gallery floor plans?

Please contact Jason Pearson, Curator, at jpearson@duluthartinstitute.org