The Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota invites emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, multidisciplinary artists, musicians, performance artists, scholars, translators and more based anywhere in the world to apply for cohort-based residencies in July, September, October, and November of 2023. The program is interdisciplinary, and the organization welcomes applications from a wide range of creative and intellectual genres, including those that don’t fit neatly into the above list. The application deadline for the Anderson Center’s 2023 Artist Residency season is Monday, January 16, 2023, at 12 p.m. noon Central Standard Time.
The Anderson Center is an artist community founded in 1995 on the Tower View estate, a venerable research-and-development lab for the arts rooted in an expansive natural setting in rural Red Wing, MN (approximately 1-hour outside the Twin Cities metro). The organization has renovated and restored the estate’s historic buildings to support working artists and the creative process, including developing twenty-two active studio spaces and three galleries. A renovated barn serves as a performance and event venue, the historic main residence houses artists-in-residence, and fifteen acres support a sculpture garden.
The Anderson Center’s flagship artist residency program aims to meet the needs of artists while welcoming them into a supportive and inspiring residency environment that allows them to minimize distractions, focus in on creative work, and develop a strong sense of community and place while engaging in creative production. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Since the Center opened, over 900 artists from 45 states and 40 countries have participated in the program.
Each resident is provided room, board, and workspace for the length of the residency period in the historic Tower View residence. Other workspaces on-site include visual arts studios, a writing studio atop a 100’ water tower, a cone 10 gas kiln and electric kilns, an open-air metalsmith facility, a dark room, and a print studio (with a Vandercook 219 letterpress and a Charles Brand-like etching press). Artists are provided with chef-prepared communal dinners and groceries, as well access to the historic campus and beautiful natural areas surrounding it.
The Artist Residency Program is an ideal fit for artists whose work reveals a significant potential for cultural and community impact, is technically accomplished, and engages diverse communities. The organization believes that the environment and resources of Tower View, along with an exchange of ideas between artists working across disciplines, can serve as a catalyst for new inspiration and innovative directions for the work artists create while in residence.
Duration of residency
For the 2023 season, the Anderson Center is offering month-long residencies in July, September, and October with rare exceptions made for two-week stays. Additionally, a 2-week session is also taking place the first half of November 2023. In general, there is a 48-hour turnover between residencies to allow time for housekeeping. Specific start and end dates are listed in the application form. Please plan your requested residency dates carefully and provide as much detail as possible regarding your availability.
The Anderson Center is not offering residencies in May or June of 2023 as restoration work and improvements are being completed on the Historic Tower View Residence. August 2023 residencies are reserved for the organization’s Emerging Artist Residency-Fellowship Program.