Finnish North American Literature Association
Arlene Renken was born and raised in Upper Michigan and is descendant of
Finnish immigrants. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
(BS, MS and PhD). She is a K-12 Art Coordinator teacher in Stephens Point,
Wisconsin. Her dissertation concerned symbolic ethnicity in art and examined rug
making among immigrant Finns. She has one daughter and three grandchildren.
She considers herself "primarily a visual artist." Her paintings are hung in galleries
in Duluth and in many private collections. She believes that all arts are related and
provide different avenues for self-expression. "My family and Finnish heritage," she
says, "are important parts of my life."
Renken, Arlene. “Reunion at Lake Superior.” In Michael Karni and Aili Jarvenpa,
editors, Sampo the Magic Mill: A Collection of Finnish-American Writing.
Minneapolis, MN: New Rivers Press, 1989.
---. "Bag Lady." A Poem. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Poet's Calendar, 198?
---. "Wisconsin's Conceptual and Discipline Based Art Education: Two Approaches
at Odds?" An article. Spectrum: Journal of Wisconsin Art Education Association
---. "Arnie Hill's Sauna, J. Isherwood." Wisconsin Trails Magazine 1980, 21:4.
---. With her sister Viola Nixon. Finnish-American Folk Recipes. New York Mills, MN:
Parta Printers, 1979.
---. "The Rosholt Free Fair." Wisconsin Trails Magazine, 1977, 18:3.
---. "Art Career Education at the Elementary Level: An Integrated Approach. Article.
School Arts Magazine. 1976: 17:3.
---. (with her sister Viola Nixon). "Finnish Food. Wisconsin Trails Magazine 1976,