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23 W. 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Open Thurs - Sat 12 to 4 pm
                      and by appointment

Phone: 218-481-7750

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; and free parking on Saturdays.  We look forward to your visit.
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Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN

Three States opening

About Us

Welcome!  Joseph Nease Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in downtown Duluth, MN. Similar in scope to its progenitor in Kansas City, MO; the gallery features exhibitions of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, installation, and new media by artists regional, national and international.  For our current exhibition, please select the Exhibitions link.

The gallery is unique to upper midwest in both appearance and scope.  Through solo and group exhibitions, we showcase the work and seek to advance the careers of 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.

We appreciate the support and confidence of our collectors and that of the Tweed Museum of Art who has added multiple works by gallery artists to its collection.  Gallery artists are included in the collections of numerous significant institutions including The Alberta Art Foundation, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada Council Collection, Daum Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, General Services Administration, Grand Rapids Art Museum, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Malmö Art Museum (Sweden), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, Sprint Corporation, Thoma Art Foundation, Turku Art Museum (Finland), Tweed Museum of Art, Weisman Foundation, and the Wichita Art Museum.  Our gallery artists have also been the recipients of several prestigious awards and grants including the Charlotte Street Fund award, Jerome Hill Foundation artist residency, Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Fountation grant, McKnight Composer Fellowship, McKnight Foundation residency, Mellon Foundation grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, Roswell Artist-in-Residence, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and American-Scandinavian Foundation fellowship award. Essays and reviews of gallery and artist exhibitions have appeared in numerous publications and magazines including Art-in-America magazine, Art Papers, KC Studio magazine, and in significant published essays.

Located in Duluth's Historic Downtown Arts District and housed in a stately and expansive now 107 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 terra cotta.  Adaptive re-use of the building was a driving concept in its renovation for both the interior and exterior.

The doors were opened at this location with our inaugural show Three States in October, 2017.  We have work available by all of our represented artists - just ask.  We also have a Reading Room with books selected by our artists, current art magazines, and comfortable seating.  Please contact us with any inquiries, and check our posted updates on our News page and social media. In addition to current and past exhibitions in Duluth, our Exhibitions page contains an archive of the previous Joseph Nease Gallery in Kansas City (opened 1998), providing some context on the current gallery.




Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN

Our Current Exhibition: Distant Context

Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN

Our fall 2022 exhibition featured new and recent work by James Woodfill: Crossing Signals

Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN

Writer Ed Newman and artist Matthew Kluber have a discussion in front of Kluber's No Place Like Utopia at our grand opening ribbon cutting event in October, 2017.

Inaugural Opening


Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN

What is Private Room?

Private Room is a place where potential collectors and the gallery can place content, images, information, etc. and communicate privately.  Let us know if you would like to use this communication tool for interest in a particular artwork.

Gallery - Joseph Nease Gallery - Contemporary Art in Duluth, MN




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.

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