Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Call For Art: 2018 Duluth Dylan Fest


The theme for this year's Duluth Dylan Fest Art Show is VISIONS OF DULUTH. Even though Bob Dylan left the Northland as a youth, the Northland never left Bob Dylan. Echoes of our North Country have appeared in his songs for more than five decades. Here are but a few examples:

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade...
So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake

In the hills of mystery
In the foggy web of destiny
--Born in Time

Rainy days on the Great Lakes
Walkin’ the hills of old Duluth
--Something There Is About You

The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
Iron clouds go floating by
Snowflakes fall in’ in my hair
Beneath the gray and stormy sky
--Tell Old Bill

They walked along by the old canal...
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train...
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailors all come in
--Simple Twist of Fate

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 ennyman3 (AT) gmail.com
4. Description of piece (Title, medium, dimensions, price)
EdNote: All mediums of wall art will be considered.

Pieces MUST BE READY TO HANG. 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 the work will be hung in the Zeitgeist Atrium between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday May 20. Artwork will need to be picked up on from the Zeitgeist Atrium on Sunday May 27. The Dylan Fest Artist Reception will be on Monday May 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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: ennyman3 (AT) gmail.com.

To reiterate… Deadlines: Submission deadline for consideration: April 30. Art will need to be retrieved May 27. Out-of-town artwork is welcome. Shipping and handling matters must be arranged in advance. Contact the Committee for recommendations on shipping.


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I was looking to see what events occurred on this day in history and learned that Eugene Ionesco's absurd play Rhinoceros opened on Broadway in 1961. I'd always assumed it was much earlier. Ten years later I saw the play performed in Athens (Ohio) while I was in college.

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Art Credits -- Top: "Don't Look Back" and lower right: "Dylan III by Ed Newman
Middle picture, detail from collage portrait by Kristi Abbott

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