Annie Dugan

Annie Dugan, the curator of the Duluth Art Institute, introduces a new discussion series and exploration of Duluth's "visual voice" called Design Duluth.  The first installment will be held Thursday at Cirrus Design and it's called "How Can We Measure Up?  Defeating Duluth's Inferiority Complex."

Duluth Art Institute Annie Dugan tells us about three new exhibits at the Institute and talks about a recent feature in the New York Times about how keeping a creative brain is important.

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It's the "back to school" edition of "Where's Art"!  Duluth Art Institute curator Annie Dugan says there are art classes for every age, experience level and interest this fall. Options include the DAI's "Big Art for Littles" program,  one-day workshops at Pineapple Arts Center and Studio 15, the tech-rich Makers Space and a chance to make your own glass wine goblet and press it into service immediately afterwards.

The Minnesota State Fair is more than just livestock and food on a stick; Annie Dugan, curator of the Duluth Art Institute recommends you check out the Fine Arts Building (and or the exhibit of seed art.)

A challenge:  Annie says pick a piece that catches your eye (or stop every ten paces or so and choose the piece you're standing in front of),  then set your phone's stopwatch and just look at one piece of art carefully for two minutes.  Then walk on a bit and try it again with another art work.

The art ... of vacation.  Annie Dugan is the curator of the Duluth Art Institute, but she still enjoys taking in art when she's got some time off.  The thing is, she says, a change of scene is important for the making of - and looking at - art.

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36 artists - unsupervised - will be roaming the outdoor landmarks of Duluth this week.  They have five days to create five masterpieces as part of the Plein Air Duluth: Paint Du Nord festival all this week at the Duluth Art Institute.  Thursday, the community gets to join in and paint with them at the Rose Garden, and then Friday is the unveiling of their work.

How do you take in something like the Park Point Art Fair - or even a museum - without visual overload?  Before everything becomes just a blur in your memory, try some of these tips from the curator of the Duluth Art Institute, Annie Dugan.

Annie Dugan is in the hot seat herself this week, as we continue our Art Week theme with some questions about the art of being a curator at the Duluth Art Institute.

An opportunity to make art and drink wine on Wednesday ... Becky Buchanan, Dusty Keliin, Jeredt Runions, Andrew Perfetti, Ed Newman, John Heino and more are Going Postal in Superior on Friday ... and you can meet and enjoy the work of Minnesotans-made-good at the opening of the Duluth Art Institute's "MN Comics: Paneled Pages from the Northland" exhibit this week. 

There's art every day this week and up and down the North Shore ... Annie Dugan of the Duluth Art Institute has the wrap up of everything from A (Alberta Marana Pastels and Oils) to Z (Zinema2sDays Defender series).

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A rainy Memorial Day is a great excuse to stay in and make art, and here's a little "art exercise" anyone can do - automatic drawing.  Pick something to draw and look only at it while you sketch, not the paper.  Whether it's doodling,  coloring books (they're not just for kids anymore),  Annie Dugan says we need to be encouraged to make things the way we're encouraged to journal.  "Permission to do it every day just because it's a good thing to do,"  she says. 

40 years of the work of internationally recognized watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee is being honored through September at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art.  "The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014" opened last week.  In the weeks and months to come, events include an artist painting demonstration, workshops and various gallery talks.  Annie Dugan, the curator of the Duluth Art Institute, tells us more.

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Duluth Art Institute curator Annie Dugan is excited about the Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune and Joellen Rock collaborative project "Patterns and Mermaid Tales" that opens this Friday at the Nordic Center.  There's even an audience participation component that will be recorded and shared in Bergen, Norway.

It's Homegrown Week on KUMD and pretty much everywhere else in Duluth, but in addition to all the Homegrown music events, there is Homegrown art, photography, poetry and more.  In addition, Ivy Vainio's photography exhibit called "Naamijig: Honoring our Traditions" opens at the Duluth Art Institute as does Karen Owsley Nease's "Found Horizons."  Annie Dugan is the curator of the Duluth Art Institute and she has the details:

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