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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 painting, sculpture, installation, and new media by artists regional, national and international.  Check out our current exhibition, Friday I'm in Love, new and recent work by Matthew Kluber through September 7, 2019.

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 103 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.  Located in Duluth's Historic Downtown Arts District, the building is being lovingly restored.

The doors were opened with our inaugural show Three States on October 21, 2017.  We have work on hand to see by all of our represented artists - just ask.  And our current exhibition opened June 21, 2019 - new and recent paintings, digital projections, and works on paper by Iowa artist Matthew Kluber.  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, providing some context on the current gallery. 


Matthew Kluber, "Field/Terrace (Cerulean)", 2017


On June 21, 2019, we opened a solo exhibition of paintings and projections by Matthew Kluber.


Eric Sall, Icy Top, 2017


In September 2019, we will feature a two artist show of partners Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall.  The exhibition will include new paintings including some new small scale work from Eric, and recent work by Rachel including large scale installation pieces.


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



Sirpa Sarkijarvi, Transcription 45 (detal), 2018


Our previous exhibition was all new paintings by Finnish artist Sirpa Sarkijarvi - Transcriptions open through June 1, 2019.  We still have some of these paintings available to see at the gallery before those unsold are returned to Finland in fall 2019.

What is Private Room?

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.

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: 218-481-7750
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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