Anniversary Exhibits

~ 50 Years and Beyond

The Duluth Fiber Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023 with exhibits and activities planned for the entire year. (See an accompanying tab for a listing of activities.) Four exhibits are scheduled during 2023 showcasing members’ fiber artwork and the work of Janet Meany, the Guild’s founder. The juried shows include a wide range of fiber-related art, both contemporary and historical pieces.

Exhibits include: 

  • The Tweed Museum of Art (University of Minnesota-Duluth)
  • The MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids)
  • The Nordic Center (downtown Duluth)
  • The Textile Center (Minneapolis)

Art Submission information:

At this time, art has been juried and selected for the Tweed and MacRostie venues. However, members are encouraged to enter their art for jury consideration for the Nordic Center exhibit with the deadline being June 7, 2023. Entry application forms will be available in the Guild studio this spring. Participants may submit up to 3 pieces of fiber art and will provide a brief bio, an artist statement, and a digital image with one sentence description of each work. (Work will be informally photographed at jury intake day.)

Exhibit Descriptions:

Tweed Museum (January 24-May 21)

contact: Cindy Betzler

The first event of the DFG~50 Years and Beyond (Guild 50th Anniversary) will be held at the Tweed Museum of Art, with an opening on January 24, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The show runs through May 21, 2023.

The juried exhibit will feature a selection of Janet Meany’s weavings (Guild founder) and a variety of fiber works from over 30 Guild members. Current modern work in weaving, spinning, felting, dyeing, basketry, and other fiberart related fields will be shown along with items created within the past 50 years of the Duluth Fiber Guild.

Special events associated with the exhibit include:

  • Gallery Docent Tours: First Saturday of the month from 10:00 am-noon: February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6
  • Family Day: Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Gallery Talk with the Museum Curator and Guild member: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 pm

The Tweed is open Tuesdays 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:00 am-3:30 pm. It is located on the University Minnesota-Duluth campus at 1201 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812. The Tweed website is Duluth Fiber Guild | Tweed Museum of Art | UMN Duluth.

MacRostie Art Center (June 2-July 29)

contact: Beverly Martin

This exhibit will include members’ art selected from the Tweed exhibit plus some new pieces. The MacRostie Art Center is located at 405 NW 1st Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. The MacRostie website is  Coming soon — MacRostie Art Center.

Nordic Center (September 2-30) 

“Nordic Reflections in Fiber – Duluth Fiber Guild”

contact: Donna Forbes and Carol Colburn

The third juried exhibit of the Anniversary will be in downtown Duluth at the Nordic Center. The gallery is a warm and inclusive place for community engagement in traditional, contemporary, and emerging Nordic culture. DFG members are invited to submit fiber projects that reflect a personal interpretation of Nordic inspiration, design, or technique. The submission deadline for the fiber projects is June 7, 2023.  Watch for more details this summer.

Textile Center (November-December)

“Janet Meany Retrospective Show”

contact: Katie Chmielewski

The 2023 50th Anniversary celebration of the DFG gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate one of our founders, Janet Meany. We are mounting a retrospective of Janet’s weavings and paintings to exhibit at the Textile Center. More on this exhibit will be available later in 2023. 

These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature general, and arts and cultural heritage funds. We also thank the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation for support, and many private contributors.