Radio Gallery

Wednesday 4pm, Friday 7:45am

Five minutes of art, Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings on KUMD. A show about people, ideas and Minnesota artists. Hear from the artist in their own words,  keep up with local arts events and discover something new about art. Radio Gallery on KUMD is made possible by The Red Mug Coffee House and GalleryAmpers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ways to Connect

Tim Kaiser

This week we share our conversation with Duluth artist and performer Tim Kaiser in advance of his performance at the Body and Machine 2016: Kinetic and Interactive Art exhibit.  Musician, Sound performer, instrument builder and artist, he has two artworks in the exhibit and a new double EP on vinyl called Inferior Planets. He will be performing with Troy Rogers - also known as Robot Rickshaw, this weekend, April 16, 6-10pm in the 3rd floor Gallery.  

Tim Kaiser

talk about his work in a new Midwestern, juried exhibition called Body and Machine 2016: Kinetic and Interactive Art, opening Saturday, April 2 in Minneapolis. The Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis hosts the exhibition and 3 performances in the 3rd floor Gallery, including the opening reception happening Saturday April 2, 7-11pm. 

Elizabeth James

UMD professor of Ceramics Liz James has a solo show up through April 1 at the Kruk Gallery at UW Superior. “Clayscapes” is a beautiful show of installation and tabletop works created from friendly collections of wheel thrown objects. The theme of the pieces alludes to our intimate connection to our surroundings, through cityscape and landscape sculptures. Tactile and thoughtful, this show invites you to see, really see the world around you. Listen to Radio Gallery for more from Professor James.

McTavish Quilting Studio

Duluth artist Karen McTavish is celebrating this Saturday with an open studio in honor of National Quilting Day.  

Longtime quilter and author, McTavish opened her quilting studio last June across from Chester Creek Cafe on 8th street in Duluth and has been creating new work and teaching others in her warehouse style space.    

Art photography is more than meets the eye.  Making art with photographs is much more than just taking pictures. Today we visit with UMD photography student Susanna Gaunt who is in the Emerging Photographers exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute. 

The 2016 Emerging Photographer exhibit, an annual collaboration between UMD and the DAI, is on display for a few more weeks - through March 31 at the Duluth Art Institute.

Emerging Photographers Exhibit

Yarn Harbor

You may have heard of Yarnboming, a guerrilla art-form that includes dressing up the outside world with colorful knitted or crocheted pieces like signs with skirts or trees with sweaters.  This was the inspiration for the upcoming "Warm up the City" event put on by Yarn Harbor in Duluth.  At noon on Sunday March 13, knitters and other caring folks will spread across the city to spread the warmth of cozy knitted items - hanging hats, scarves and mittens outdoors for the taking - Each item’s tag reads: “I am not lost! I need a good home!

Jerdt Runions

Last chance on some Duluth art shows: Local painter Jeredt Runions kicked off 2016 with a retrospective of sorts at the Duluth Coffee Company on Superior Street that is up for just a few more days, through the end of February. If you are not familiar with Runion's paintings, this is a great introduction to his work over the years. Listen to hear more about his roots and where he's growing.


Jill Emmer

If you would rather go to an art show than go ice fishing, here is a great way to get outdoors and pretend. The Annual Art Shanty Project is in full swing on White Bear Lake; virtual circus of interactive and performance art pieces disguised as ice houses.

Rob Adams

Duluthian Rob Adams is opening a show of new work at the Red Herring Lounge this week, Friday, Feb 12th, 5-8pm. True conversation pieces, this exhibit includes multi-media, painting, photo collages.  Inspired by working with historian, Dr. Richard Hudelson's, Adams has created a series of site-specific work relating to historical labor struggles in the Twin Ports.

Ken Bloom

Lifelong photographer and Director of the UMD Tweed Museum of Art, Ken Bloom has spent the last few years gearing up for a show of his own work. Stashed away for years, he has brought to light an intriguing window into the past through his documentary photographs from Japan.  Opening Feb 11 at the Duluth Art Institute, “Public Domain: Photographs by Ken Bloom,” includes selected works from 3 years of shooting the streets of Japan 1976-79. Up until April 2, the exhibit opens with a reception on Thurs. February 11, from 5 – 7 pm.  Listen for more about the inspiration for his work.

Aaron Kloss

Aaron Kloss is a local painter who's work you may have seen before. He has a signature brush stroke that once you see, you will remember and recognize thereafter. With a pixelated, impressionistic style he captures the light through the trees in such a variety of ways, there is always something new in his work. Aaron Kloss paints the northwoods in acrylic on canvas and he joins us today on Radio Gallery. You can see the work of Aaron Kloss at Amity Coffee in Lakeside, on the fifth floor of St. Luke's Building 'A' and in many Duluth galleries. Listen here for his personal perspective.

Maija Jenson

The UMD Tweed Museum of Art is closed for a few months for a behind the scenes construction project.  All the art has been moved out of the museum so the space can get a heating and ventilation renovation.  The upside is that all that art, although temporarily stowed away, will come back in a new and re-invented collection of exhibits. Radio Gallery takes you on a behind the scenes tour from the museum preparator, Anneliese Verhoeven.

The Guerrilla Gilrs

Do women have to be naked to get into the Met...Museum? That is the question raised by the Guerrilla Girls. This week the activist, feminist performance collective the Guerrilla Girls are in Duluth celebrating 30 years of agitation! There is a art/propaganda making workshop at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday evening kicking off a 3 day extravaganza in town.  A Friday gallery hop and a free show Saturday at 11 am at the UMD Weber Music Hall.  Listen for more about these interesting visitors.

Jeredt Runions

Local painter Jeredt Runions is making a big splash in 2016 with two shows in Duluth. To kick off the new year he is showing recent work in a group show for January at Pizza Luce. Runions' new work is clearly identifiable, but has a cleaner feel with a more playful and spirited take.  If you are not familiar with Runion's work, mosey up Superior Street for a show of oldies but goodies at the Duluth Coffee Company - a retrospective show of work from the past 12 years, up through February.  

Amber Burns

Today we highlight another young up and coming artist in the Twin Ports.  As I look back  in 2015, this year more than past years, I see a community of fantastic young artists who have studied and stayed in Duluth.

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