The Duncan McClellan Gallery
and the DMG School Project
Duncan McClellan, Founding Artist
Mary Childs, Artistic Director (above)
Danyell Bauer, Gallery Manager
Eric Claycomb, Artist & “Man Behind the Scenes”
Business Neighbor Since: 2009
Their Business: Duncan McClellan Gallery is a distinctive, multi-functional art space in the heart of St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District, a burgeoning creative community that is home to more than 200 artists. DMG celebrates the medium of glass and features rotating exhibitions that place the work of national and international artists on display for all to enjoy.
Their Story: Who knew the impact a visit to a glass factory in Virginia as a small child would have on one young man’s life! Such is the beginning of the story of gallery founder and talented artist Duncan McClellan. Even after a career that allowed him to explore both his creative and entrepreneurial sides, that memory lingered, and McClellan pursued study in glass art here in the U.S. and abroad in Venice, Italy. For over 30 years, Duncan honed his craft as a glass artist and finally decided to fulfill a lifelong dream: opening his own glass art gallery. In 2009, after rehabbing a 7,800 square-foot abandoned fish and tomato packing plant in midtown St. Pete, he unveiled Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG).
DMG has become more than just a glass art gallery: it serves multiple purposes for a wide range of audiences. In addition to providing a comfortable and lovely space to showcase talented glass artists, it also provides a useful and versatile home for artists to collaborate or mentor other artists in the workspace, and the public can receive hands-on learning opportunities through creative educational programming and events. The site also has become a popular meeting space and rental venue. With its scenic grounds lined with bountiful fruit trees and rich foliage, DMG offers a serene setting for formal get-togethers including private parties and weddings. Accommodating groups up to 150 people, the space offers 13,000 total square feet of inspiration including tropical sculpture gardens, a chill lounge with a raised performance stage, a private patio and courtyard, and a hot glass-making workshop for live demonstrations or small group introductory classes that can be led during an event. And the best part of all is who benefits from the proceeds of those splendid events and special gatherings.
Their Passion:Did you know that all proceeds from venue rentals at Duncan McClellan Gallery are actually being applied toward a bigger passion project of the Gallery? It is one making a real difference in the St. Petersburg community.
The DMG School Project was launched by the gallery in 2013 with two audiences in mind and one mission: to provide artists and the community opportunities to learn and contribute to the glass art medium through the use of demonstrations, lectures, master classes and a variety of other public service efforts in the community.
It’s been estimated that since its launch, the DMG School Project has introduced over 10,000 people to the awe-inspiring beauty of glassblowing through live demonstrations. It has created an ongoing college level class series for Eckerd College Students and in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, has developed a Gallery Lecture Series, which helps the general public better grasp what glass art entails. The DMG School Project also sponsors young Pinellas County student artists for a special exhibit on display at MFA and which garners scholarship prizes for artists given through the Project. Learn more about The DMG School Project by visiting dmgschoolproject.org.
And be sure to stop by and meet your neighbor, Duncan McClellan Gallery!
Location: 2342 Emerson Av. S., St. Petersburg