Monday, March 27, 2017

Call For Art: Duluth Dylan Fest 2017

Someday, everything is gonna be diff’rent 
When I paint my masterpiece
--Bob Dylan

Music from Big Pink cover art.
Fifty years ago while Bob Dylan was holed up in Woodstock, recovering from his motorcycle accident, he invited his band to join him. It was a fertile period of hibernation away from the bright lights and big cities. Not only were his Basement Tapes produced at that time (released much later), The Band was also writing songs of their own, many of them recorded on their first album apart from Dylan called Music from Big Pink.

An interesting feature of the album was Dylan's absence from any of the tracks on the album. Nevertheless, Dylan did leave his fingerprints, having painted the artwork used on the cover.

A half century later and we know that Bob Dylan truly enjoys making art, painting and drawing and even producing sculpture.

This is why our Northland Dylan celebrations have included art as one of its features.


This year the Zeitgeist is hosting our art exhibition this year in conjunction with the 2017 Duluth Dylan Fest the week of May 20-29. The planning committee is seeking artwork based on or inspired by Bob Dylan and his music.

Submission Requirements:
1. Artist's statement
2. Brief bio (2-3 sentences)
3. One to four pieces (must send sample PDF or JPG format less than 1 MB each) to ennyman (AT)
4. Description of piece (Title, medium, dimensions, price)

Guidelines: All mediums of wall art will be considered.

Pieces MUST BE READY TO HANG. In many cases, that means HANGING WIRE. Digital submissions must be received for review via email by April 30th. Artwork will be selected by members of the Bob Dylan Way Committee and selected artists will plan to bring their work to the Zeitgeist Atrium between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. May 21, unless alternative arrangements have already been made.

Artwork will need to be picked up May 29 or 30. If you are outside of the Duluth area, please plan accordingly to make sure your art can be brought in within the given time frame. Contact: ennyman (AT)

Deadlines: Submission deadline is 4-30-17. Art will need to be retrieved May 30. Out-of-town artwork is welcome. Shipping and handling matters should be arranged in advance.
Artist reception will take place on Monday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m.

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The schedule for Duluth Dylan Fest is firming up. Visit our Bob Dylan Way page for details.

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This year's headliner for the Armory Arts and Music Center Benefit Concert is Robby Vee and his Rock & Roll Caravan. Purchase tickets here.

Meantime, life goes on all around you. Get into it. 

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