Maija Jenson

Journalist, Volunteer

Former Program Director, Maija Jenson teaches journalism in the Department of Communication at UMD and was a part of KUMD 2008-2019. She hosted a weekly arts program "Radio Gallery."  She shares a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 20 years of public radio experience with KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.  Jenson reminds you that KUMD thrives on campus and community involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation. Find information about joining the KUMD News Team, Marketing Team or becoming a volunteer DJ under "Get Involved" Maija was raised in northern Minnesota by activist artist hippies with no TV but lots of public radio including the CBC, MPR and KAXE.  Besides music, radio, teaching and art, Maija enjoys an active life in the great outdoors with her family. Since leaving the KUMD staff, Jenson continues to volunteer on community produced programs like reggae and the Women's Music Program.   

Ways to Connect

Leah Lemm at our Ampers partner station Northern Community Radio follows storyteller Rose Arrowsmith Decoux to a 2nd grade classroom in Grand Marais.  Arrowsmith is a writer and storyteller and here, shares her journey as a storyteller and her path to Grand Marais where she is an instructor at North House Folk School.

Rose Arrowsmith Decoux

Ruth Hartnup

Today, July 12, Larry Weber recounts how July in full swing with hot weather with less then desirable rainfall.  However, big summertime storms can bring rainfall measurements back in line in just a few hours.

This time of year is good for wildflowers, berries, birds, insects which means lots of spiders, and beautiful spider webs.  In July we also are in butterfly, moth and dragonfly season.

Other highlights include and of course great Jupiter viewing and plentiful fireflies.

Painting of a woman
Zamara Cuyun

The closing reception and artists' talk for "Long Night of the Floating Shell" happens tonight 6:00-7:30 at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, at AICHO in downtown Duluth.  Jonathan Thunder joins us to share insight into his current work, recent collaborations and the evolution of his work. 

This is your last chance to catch "Long Night of the Floating Shell" which shares contemporary Indigenous art by Jonathan Thunder with roots in the Red Lake Nation and Zamara Cuyún of Minneapolis, with roots in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala.

Today we share an encore edition of MN Reads with Minnesota author Sarah Stonich.  Stonich lives in Minneapolis and writes novels about northern Minnesota.

Her books are great summer reading and include "Vacationland, "Shelter" and her 2018 release, Laurentian Divide, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Sarah Stonich Books

Tone Lanzillo

Tone Lanzillo re-thought pretty much his whole life over the last three years or so ...

The former mental health worker decided to downsize and relocate his life so he could find a community in which he could make a difference.

But no one was as surprised as he to see his two-week stay in Duluth turn into a permanent gig.

Painting of Lake Superior and Park Point from west Duluth
Bob Pokorney

Today, host of Radio Gallery, Maija Jenson, signs off. The generosity of Duluth artists and educators, curators and organizers have made the program what is was, a spotlight on the creative ideas and local art across media.  Since 2009, Radio Gallery has shared our interviews with students, emerging artists, professors, life-long makers and world famous artists. The artistic talent and opportunity in Duluth is enviable and only continues to grow. 

Impressionistic Painting of four sisters, lots of deep red and light purple, quite abstract
Sue Rauschenfels

Local painter Sue Rauschenfels has been busy creating new work in acrylic, and mixed media and has opened her latest exhibit at Pizza Luce, up through then end of June.  With selections from multiple projects, the show includes her large scale "Trees" as well as pieces from the "Sisterhood" series and more.  Rauschenfels also has work up at the Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors and is looking forward to her August show at the Whole Foods Coop - Denfeld.

Black and White Image by Ken Bloom Japanese documentary photo series, Elderly Policeman with hands on hips,
Ken Bloom

This week, Director of the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD Ken Bloom retires. His dedication to local art, a growing Native American art collection and increased community programming will leave a lasting impression on the Tweed. But this is not the end, but rather new beginnings.  Bloom has shared that he is returning to his first passion, photography, and will possibly return as a guest curator. 

Russ White

"Another Fine Mess" drawings and installations by Russ White opens for one weekend only, Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9, at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis. 

Director Amber McGinnis

The annual Duluth Superior Film Festival, in its ninth year, is happening now,

Allen Killian-Moore

You may know local moving picture artist Allen Killian-Moore from his local film series the "Saltless Sea Cinema." If you are new to the work of Killian-Moore, wait no more.  His show "I Am What's Wrong With the World" Is at the Duluth Art Institute May 23 - August 11, 2019.  The films which delve in to ideas of power, disenfranchisement, both globally and personally, are all Killian-Moore's footage with original scores.  His films are real, abstract, fine art and true life

Duluth Dylan Fest kicks off Saturday May 18, with the opening of the William Pagel Archives Bob Dylan Exhibit at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, with the reception happening the following Saturday, May 25 in conjunction with the John Bushey Memorial Lecture by David Gaines.  The annual festival celebrates the legacy and music of Bob Dylan with a full week of events May 18-26 in Duluth, with art, poetry, a Dylan birthday party and of course nightly of music events.

Rob Adams

Mixed media, painter, cartoonist and collage artist Rob Adams has a retrospective show up through May 24, at CF Design, before he ships out. 

Band standing in front of a grey wall performing
Christine Dean for KUMD

    Thursday gave fans a chance to catch a handful of acts who, for whatever reason, didn’t make it onto the official Homegrown schedule.

Woman wearing glasses, playing guitar, and singing into a microphone with bearded man to her right looking at her
Christine Dean for KUMD

  Homegrown 2019 opened with a new location for the Children’s Showcase, the Lake Superior Zoo. The weather cooperated and the venue proved to be just spacious enough to accommodate a good-sized crowd of littles and their grownups without feeling packed.