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There are presently no open calls for submissions.


For residencies during the months May, June, July, September, and October, apply by 11:59 pm CST on February 15, 2020. Applications must be completed before this deadline in order to be considered in the judging period. Please note that June is reserved for the Anderson Center's Deaf Artist Residency Program. 


A completed application form includes a resume, CV, or biographical statement (3 pages maximum); a work plan; and a work sample. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed by the panel. You may begin your application, leave and return as many times as  necessary to complete the form prior to clicking the submit button at  the bottom of the completed form. Important: do not submit  your application form until you are completely finished editing, as your  application will be finalized at that time.

If you are a prior resident of the Anderson Center, you must wait one year from the time of your residency to apply again.

The Resume, CV, or Biographical Statement is a Word or PDF document that shows education, work experience, publications, awards, and previous residency experience.

The Work Plan is a one to two page Word or PDF document. Write about your work, yourself, and your current thinking about what you’d like to accomplish at the Anderson Center as clearly and concisely as possible. Statement can be single-spaced.

Work Samples should be of recent work and should include:

  • For composers and musicians: 3 to 5 recordings
  • For visual artists: At least 5 images of work (300 dpi or larger)
  • For nonfiction and fiction writers: 10 pages of double-spaced prose
  • For poets: 10 pages of poetry
  • For translators: 10 pages of translation and original text
  • For performance artists: At least 3 videos of performances
  • For Scholars: 10 pages of work, including research abtracts and relevant diagrams

ELIGIBILITY: The Residency Program is open to emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, musicians, performance artists, scholars, and translators. Our program is interdisciplinary and we welcome applications from a wide range of creative and intellectual genres, including those that don't fit neatly into the above list.

DURATION OF RESIDENCY: The Anderson Center offers month-long residencies May through October with rare exceptions made for two-week stays. Residencies begin on the 1st of each month and end on the last day of each month. If a residency is for two weeks, it will begin on the 1st or 16th of each month, and end on the 15th ot last day of the month. Please plan your requested residency date carefully.

LOCATION: The Anderson Center campus is on 350 acres of the historic Tower View Estate, built by Alexander Pierce Anderson between 1915 and 1922, on the western edge of Red Wing, Minnesota (population 16,500). Many of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center is approximately 60 minutes southeast of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Transportation is provided between the Center and the Twin Cities airport on the first and last day of residencies only. Residents who choose to drive will have access to private parking on the property.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Each resident is provided room, board, and workspace for the length of the residency period in the historic Tower View residence. Visual artists are provided a 15' x 26' studio and are responsible for supplying their own materials.  Other workspaces on site include a cone 10 gas kiln and electric kilns, an open-air metalsmith facility, and a print studio (with a Vandercook 219 letterpress and a Charles Brand-like etching press). Practice space is also available for dancers and choreographers. Dinners are prepared and presented by the Anderson Center chef Monday through Friday. The chef will also shop for groceries for the artist residents. Residents are responsible for preparing their own breakfasts and lunches, and meals over the weekends.

SELECTION: Residency awards are made by a panel of professional peers and are announced within 45 days after the application deadline. Final awards of the residencies are at the discretion of the Anderson Center. In some instances, artists are invited by the director to participate. 

The Anderson Center provides equal opportunity for all people to participate in and benefit from the activities of the Center, regardless of race; national origin; color; age; religion; gender; sexual orientation; disability, in admission, access, or employment.  Please call before applying to discuss accommodations.

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