Maija Jenson

Program Director

Program Director Maija Jenson invites you to share your programming comments or to get involved at the station. KUMD thrives on your involvement, through member support, volunteer efforts and community participation.  Maija joined the KUMD team in 2008.  She is the host of the weekly arts program "Radio Gallery" and is one of the many staff, student and volunteer djs that make KUMD your community connection. She brings a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 15 years of public radio experience from KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.   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.    

Ways to Connect

The Basement Takeover on October 6, College Radio Day!

Tune in Friday, October 6 as KUMD celebrates College Radio Day along with stations across the country.  The Basement djs takeover the airwaves all day! KUMD was started 60 years ago by students at the University of Minnesota Duluth and celebrating our deep college roots, check out the student playlists of new alternative music from hip-hop to indie rock to electronic.

Radio Gallery: In Situ

Sep 19, 2017
Lee Englund

Artists work in many spaces and places, and one new exhibit goes to show you just such a space. 

Dr. Tuomas Sopanen

Dora Jung may not be a name you know but as a famous Finnish artists and textile designer, Finnish -Americans in Minnesota's may recognize their roots in her work. 

©Pupparazzi Companion Animal Photography

A new exhibit goes up at the Duluth Art Institute called "Forever Home." The brainchild of Anne Dugan and KUMD's Lisa Johnson, the upcoming photo exhibit is a community show about adopted animals finding their forever homes.  

KUMD Northland Morning host is an Animal Allies volunteer who photographs the animals for the shelter's website and adoptable animals page.   The series includes before and after adoption images and stories, plus the c public was also invited to share photos or artwork of their animal adoption stories. 

UMD art students open a new exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art on Tuesday, August 29 called "Water Isn't Free" with a reception from 4-6.p.m.  Their exhibit was inspired by their time in a study abroad class this summer which took them to incredible global exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, to discover new cultures of art and appreciation.

Local artist Erika Mock creates whimsical and colorful wearable art that inspires a freedom of expression in collectors. Made from recycled cloth like gently-used textiles and old clothes, her pieces include shawls, scarves, sleeves and other accessories. Although Mock travels and shares her work with audiences, collectors and customers across the midwest and beyond, her textile works can add color, warmth and delight to the long cold months in Duluth.  We are lucky she has her studio right here in our backyard.

Camargo Foundation

Open to all early-career artists in Minnesota, the deadline to apply for the 2018 Jerome Foundation Fellowships is Friday, September 15, 2017.  

Rosemary Guttormsson

The 4th Annual Art Festival at Brighton Beach happens all day Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m.

Chris Dunn

Check out "Duluth Noir," a new summer exhibit from local artist Chris Dunn of Rooster Tail Ink, on view at the Red Herring Lounge. Dunn has created a new body of work in his unique ink drawing style with a series evoking Duluth's urban landscape.  Dunn's work combines thick, lush lines with a quick and light hand, achieved through multiple renderings. Offering many versions of the each work rather than one final selection, sheds light on his process and perspectives.  

Along with many short films and animations playing this weekend at the Free Range Film Festival, Minneapolis native Dean Peterson brings his second feature length film, "What Children Do," a dark comedy tale of two estranged sisters.  We are joined this week by writer and director, Dean Peterson who will be at the Free Range Film Festival for a post-show Q & A.

A rare screening of local animation is showing 7pm on Thursday July, 20 at Teatro Zuccone.  A collection of films by local artist Jonathan Thunder is an exciting part of his new exhibit “Peripheral Vignettes” at the Duluth Art Institute.  

Matt Kania

This week you may see folks around town creating art in public with easels set up in front of vistas of ever-changing light. "Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord" returns to the Twin Ports July 9-14, 2017.  

This is a live painting festival drawing artists from near and far to enjoy time on Lake Superior, painting alone and in groups.  By Friday, the work will be ready for showing with an opening reception at Blacklist Ales in downtown Duluth.  The celebration is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday July 14, with live music and prizes awarded by the festival juror Matt Kania.  Matt is a plein air painter and he joins us on Radio Gallery.


Think Water

This week on Radio Gallery we spotlight a unique collaboration between artists and scientists and workshop open to all.  Disciplines overlap in many ways and the systems thinking brought forward by the national project Think Water is applicable to so many ares including the arts.  This week we hear from Kathy Neff of the UMD Fine Arts Academy and from Jeremy Solin of "Think Water."

At the core is the idea that change depends on thinking differently about research and education today. Held at the EPA in Duluth, The Twin Ports Systems Thinkers Workshop happens July 12-13

Anthony Adams

Radio Gallery: Play

Jun 20, 2017
Rob Atoms

The Duluth Art Institute is opening two summer exhibits on June 29, "Peripheral Vignettes" a solo show of Jonathan Thunder's paintings, and "Play" a group multi-media show about games. 

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