Art Appreciation Part 2: Careers in Art

Locals Who Make a Living in Art

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“I’m Jordan Sundberg, I’m a graphic designer and illustrator with Tin Cup Design.”

When businesses are looking to brand, promote or visually express who they are they come to Jordan Sundberg.

“So my job is to sort of get into their head and figure out what is this business all about and pull out their vision and values,” said Sundberg. “The things that they really want to represent.”

After graduating from college with a degree in writing and German a whisper inside of her to live her artistic truth got even louder.

“I really love art,” said Sundberg. “I love lines, I love colors.”

So after internships, free jobs and lots of grunt work as a graphic design artists she started Tin Cup Design.

It’s a studio dedicated to illustration.

“This allows me the freedom to let my freak flag fly,” said Sundberg.

Whether it’s in a magazine, on products or paper, “Comes from the juicy brain creative waves of my head,” said Sundberg.

Her whimsical and colorful style combined with a strong passion to see businesses succeed has not gone unnoticed.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with companies like Bella Flora and Saffron and Grey, Snooty Fox Tea Shop, Red Mug, Teen Challenge, COGGS,” said Sundberg.

“My name is Dan Neff, I’m the owner and main artist here at Lake Superior Art Glass.”

After being an apprentice, taking years of glassblowing classes from world renowned artists and traveling to art festivals Neff wanted something stable.

“I said you know I don’t think I want to be on the road every weekend all summer long the rest of my life to make a living at this,” said Neff. “So I want to open up a gallery space.”

That dream came true after he entered and won Duluth’s Great Space Giveaway contest which earned him free rent and advertising to open up Lake Superior Art Glass.

“It’s been great every year we’ve grown,” said Neff. “It’s just been really exciting to see it come to fruition.”

Located on East Superior Street the studio offers torch working classes along with decorative and functional pieces all made of glass from about 60 artists from all over the country.

“It’s neat to be a good addition to what we offer here in Duluth,” said Neff.

“I love music, it fulfills me,” Duluth Superior Symphony Music Director Dirk Meyer said. “I feel that I want to share this with other people.”

By the time he was 16-years-old Dirk Meyer knew he wanted to be a conductor.

“I had lots of people telling me otherwise but I just had to do it,” said Meyer.

From Germany he came to the U.S., studied orchestral conducting and took on multiple music directing positions.

“The rest is history now I’m here,” said Meyer.

Now as the music conductor for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Meyer shapes the melodies for 20 shows a season.

“I try to Create those great moments where we can all just be in the music,” said Meyer.

All while directing up to 100 musicians on stage.

“It can be everything from satisfying to scary,” said Dirk.

He is also responsible for marketing, fundraising and strategic planning.

“There’s a whole other side to the job of a music director,” said Meyer.

If you are thinking of making a living out of art it’s recommended that you carve out a plan, vision, find a way to market yourself, take on free jobs and get connected with the community.

“It can happen, it can work but you need that dedication inside of you,” said Meyer.

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