gallery interior with orange jacket

Main gallery space in Duluth prior to construction

About Us

Welcome!  Joseph Nease Gallery (version 2.0) is a contemporary art gallery located in downtown Duluth, MN, and opening fall 2017. Similar in scope to its progenitor in Kansas City, MO; the gallery features exhibitions of painting, sculpture, installation, and new media by artists both regional and national.

The gallery is unique to Duluth in both appearance and scope.  Through solo and group exhibitions, we showcase the work of and represent mid- and advanced- career artists and select emerging artists. As an arts destination, Joseph Nease Gallery also provides educational and social opportunities to art lovers and collectors, and those visiting beautiful Lake Superior and the northland.

Housed in a stately and expansive 101 year old building, the gallery has the look and feel of a New York style gallery while incorporating the original industrial construction of local old-growth timbers and massive beams and columns forged with iron from the Iron Range.  The exterior façade has art deco style brick patterning accentuated by a floral motif of terra cotta.  Adaptive re-use of the building was a driving concept in its renovation for both the interior and exterior.  Located in Duluth's Historic Arts & Theatre (HART) District, the building will be lovingly restored in upcoming years.

Our building now has its sorely needed new roof.  Interior remodeling is ongoing and nearly complete.  Advertising, programming and exhibition schedule planning are ongoing.  The doors will be open with our inaugural show Three States on October 21.  Until then, feel free to contact us with any inquiries, and we will post updates on our News page and social media. Under the Exhibitions page, an archive of the previous Joseph Nease Gallery in Kansas City with exhibition installation images is shown by year and artist, providing some context.


Space Oddity, 2001 exhibition view at JNG V1.0 in Kansas City, MO
(L to R: Judith Sanazaro, Marcie Miller Gross, Lester Goldman)




Kathy McTavish, sketch 5 6 screen capture, 2017


Our inaugural show will feature Kathy McTavish (at right), Matthew Kluber, and James Woodfill in the main gallery.  And all of our gallery artists will be on display at the same time.


Submission Policy



Submission Policy
Joseph Nease Gallery works with a limited number of artists and is not actively seeking new artists at this time. However, we are always interested in learning about new, compelling work. If you feel your work is a fit, you may send an email with your artist bio, a selection of images, and a link to your artist website. Due to time constraints, we may not respond to every submission and may not be able to respond to or return submissions received via mail. No walk-in submissions will be accepted.

Address and Hours
23 W. 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Open Wed - Fri 12 to 6 pm
                    Sat 12 to 5 pm
                    and by appointment

Phone: 218-341-2525
Email: info@josephneasegallery.com

At the tip of Lake Superior.  From I-35 take the Lake Ave exit and turn inland two blocks to W. 1st Street.  Turn left (west) on W. 1st and we are 1/2 a block on the right.  Ample paid parking is in the area.  We look forward to your visit.
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