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Discover Duluth: Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center, the Duluth Art Institute's primary education outlet, is billed as a "point of pride" in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. And it's easy to see why. The building, the former Lincoln Library (it was purchased from the city in 1992 for ...

Lincoln Center, the Duluth Art Institute's primary education outlet, is billed as a "point of pride" in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

And it's easy to see why. The building, the former Lincoln Library (it was purchased from the city in 1992 for $9,000), is as inspiring as some of the art created and exhibited within: Large vines wrap around the exterior while warm beams of natural light canvas the center's cavernous Great Room.

But Lincoln Center is more than a pretty face. Thanks to the DAI's continued investment in the 90-year-old Collegiate Gothic structure, it's now a multifaceted art facility. Connected to the Great Room is a classroom brimming with art (especially its wheelchair ramp -- as seen here), and the building's basement serves as ceramics HQ for the institute.

A special thanks must be given to the artists who utilize Lincoln Center -- Mary Plaster, in particular, whose "Dancing Icons" is pictured here -- for making the building such a lively and intriguing space.

"Discover Duluth" is an ongoing photo essay series by Matthew R. Perrine that highlights points of interest in and around the region.

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