Annie Dugan

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A cultural round table at the Duluth Art Institute this week ... and a special pairing of art and music and father and son as Briand Morrison performs live jazz at the Tweed Museum of Art before an exhibit of his father's works.

Rosy Simas

This week: a reception for Rosy Simas following her dance performance and art exhibit, a meeting to present the findings of Creative Minnesota, and an upcoming presentation by artist/game designer Elizabeth LaPensee'.

Sharon Louden

Sharon Louden's exhibit "Windows" opens at the Tweed Museum of Art this week, as does Robert Minichiello's "Spontaneous Acts" ... and Richie Townsend performs as part of the "enhancement events" surrounding Sarah Brokke's “Portrait of an Artist and (Self)Portrait of an Artist."

Sarah Brokke/Duluth Art Institute

The Duluth Art Institute's like a lovely Thanksgiving dinner these days.

The turkey, if you will, is a project of thanksgiving by Duluth artist Sarah Brokke, in which she painted 35 portraits of people who inspire her to celebrate her 35th birthday.

Copyright Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

The work of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison opens at the Tweed Museum of Art tomorrow night.

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.

Duluth Art Institute

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. 

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