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The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers month-long residency-fellowships at Tower View to a cohort of early-career artists from Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for concentrated, uninterrupted creative time to advance their personal artistic goals and projects.

The program aims to meet the specific needs of emerging artists while welcoming them into a supportive and inspiring residency environment that empowers them to take risks, embrace challenges, and utilize unconventional approaches to problem-solving. 

Thanks to support from the Jerome Foundation, selected emerging artists receive $625/week in honoraria, documentation support, art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, a travel stipend, groceries, and chef-prepared communal dinners.

Located at the historic Tower View estate, a venerable research-and-development lab for the arts rooted in an expansive natural setting, the program is an ideal fit for early-career artists whose work reveals a significant potential for cultural and community impact, is technically accomplished, engages diverse communities. 

The Anderson Center’s goal is for connections participating artists make with one another, as well as connections made with other creatives and community members, to outlast the duration of their residency visit. The organization believes that the environment and resources of Tower View, along with an exchange of ideas across disciplines, can serve as a catalyst for new inspiration and innovative directions for the work emerging artists create while in residence. 


TO APPLY

The application deadline for the 2021 Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline in order to be considered in the jury review period. There is no fee for applying to this residency program.

Jury review will take place in late February and early March. Applicants will be notified by March 4 at the latest as to the status of their application. A phone interview process with finalists will take place in late March following a second round of jury review. Selected artist residents, wait-list and runners-up will be notified by April 5, 2021.

Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible to apply. To be considered, eligible artists must submit an application through the Anderson Center’s online form via Submittable. Complete program details are below. Please contact Adam Wiltgen at 651-388-2009 x4 or adam@andersoncenter.org for any questions.


ABOUT THE ANDERSON CENTER

The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, founded in 1995 on the Tower View estate in rural Red Wing, Minn., has renovated and restored 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 provides residencies of two- or four-weeks’ duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, musicians, and performers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete work. In addition to community engagement activities through the artist residency program, the organization has a strong history of helping integrate the arts into community life through local partnerships, hosting annual arts events and participating in other community-based initiatives.


ABOUT THE JEROME FOUNDATION

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. The Jerome Foundation is generously providing support for the Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program in August of 2021 and August of 2022.


LOCATION

The Anderson Center campus is located on the 350-acre historic Tower View Estate, built by botanist Alexander Pierce Anderson between 1915 and 1921, on the western edge of Red Wing, Minnesota, and its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center features a large sculpture garden, and is adjacent to the Cannon Valley Bike Trail, a 20-mile biking and walking trail that runs from Cannon Falls to Red Wing. 

The Center is approximately 45 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. Artist Residents that choose to drive will have access to private parking on the property. Due to the on-going pandemic, if possible, artists are strongly encouraged to drive to Red Wing.

Red Wing (pop. 16,000) is a small town, but has many amenities including a destination bakery, a chocolate shop, coffee shops, restaurants, the historic Sheldon Theatre, the Red Wing Arts Association, the Red Wing Shoe Company store, Goodhue County Historical Society museum, the Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery store, the Pottery Museum of Red Wing, a Duluth Trading store, a Target, a YMCA, several pharmacies, a library (the Center has arranged for residents to have access to a library card for their month at the Center), liquor stores, a small independent bookstore, several parks, and multiple hiking trails throughout the Red Wing bluffs and along the Mississippi River.


ELIGIBILITY AND DEFINITION OF “EMERGING ARTIST”
While the Anderson Center’s general Artist Residency Program hosts artists with a wide range of talent and experience, the Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program exclusively focuses on meeting the specific needs of artists who are in the early stages of their artistic development and career. 

The Anderson Center defines an emerging artist as someone who has some evidence of professional achievement but has not yet a substantial record of accomplishment. These are the applicants who are practicing vocational artists but are not yet recognized as "established" by the artistic community (other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators). 

The organization looks for artists whose work reveals a significant potential for cultural and community impact. These are artists who are uncompromising in their approach to creation and production, people who are not afraid to take risks, embrace challenges, and utilize unconventional approaches to problem-solving. 

Degree-seeking students at the time of application, or during the grant period, are not eligible for a residency (including K-12, college, graduate or post graduate studies). Age is not a factor in determining emerging artist status.

Artists of all disciplines are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Artists must currently be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for at least one year prior to the submission of an application. Applications must be submitted through the Anderson Center’s online webform via Submittable. The primary goal of eligible artists must be to generate new works, as opposed to remounting or re-interpreting existing works.

Further details from the Jerome Foundation on emerging artist eligibility requirements can be found here: https://www.jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists


APPLICATION

A completed application form includes a brief artist statement, a work plan, an emerging artist statement, work samples, and a resume. 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.

The Artist Statement, provides an opportunity for you to share, in 100 words or less, a brief statement or summary about your current and future work.

The Work Plan is a 1-2 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. The document can be single-spaced.

An Emerging Artist Statement addresses, in 250 words or less, your status as an emerging artist or early-career artist. How would participating in this program impact or advance your practice as an emerging artist? In what ways would this program meet your needs as an emerging artist? Why is this residency important to this stage of your career path? How do you identify as an emerging artist?

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: 3 short videos of performances

· For filmmakers: at least 3 short film clips (no videos longer than 5 minutes)

The Resume, CV, or Biographical Outline is a Word or PDF document that shows education, work experience, publications, awards, and any previous residency experience. 3 pages maximum.


DURATION OF RESIDENCY

The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers residencies-fellowships of two weeks or one month in August. Preference is given to those applying for month-long stays. August is the only month the Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program takes place.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Each artist-in-residence receives:

· $625/week honoraria

· Travel stipend ($550 for New Yorkers and $150 for Minnesotans)

· $450 documentation budget (services for photography, video, audio, etc.)

Evening dinners are prepared and presented by the Anderson Center chef Monday through Friday. The chef also shops for meal items for artist residents, and residents are responsible for preparing their own breakfasts and lunches, and meals over the weekends. 

There is also a housekeeper who cleans and maintains the historic facilities. Additional cleaning and sanitization measures are being taken during the pandemic to help ensure the health and safety of artists, staff, and the community.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Each resident is provided room, board, and workspace for the length of the residency period in the historic Tower View mansion. Visual artists are provided a 15' x 26' studio. Other workspaces on site include gas and electric kilns, a print studio (with a Vandercook 219 letterpress and a Charles Brand-like etching press), and an open-air metalsmith facility. Options for rehearsal and studio space are also available for musicians, composers, dancers and choreographers.

Residents have access to the many walking trails on campus and to the Cannon Valley Trail, which goes through the Anderson Center’s property. Bicycles are also provided. Residents have responded to many different aspects of the gorgeous Tower View campus through their work, including composers sampling natural sounds and visual artists harvesting plant materials to create site-specific natural inks.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The program is set-up to minimize distractions and other obligations so that artists have every opportunity to fully focus on their work. However, the Anderson Center was one of the first artist residency programs in the country to require that residents give back to the local community and connect with area residents & organizations through community engagement activities.

Staff work with artists to facilitate and customize at least one hour of mutually beneficial exchange with the Red Wing community that helps foster connection and greater a sense of place.

Within the last few years, Anderson Center residents have connected with 12 schools in five area communities (ranging from elementary through college), 5 senior centers, 2 correctional or detention facilities, 7 community organizations serving children and families, and 8 community organizations serving adults. Residents have also engaged individuals from all walks of life through public workshops, events, discussions, and artful interventions. 

During the pandemic, community engagement activities have safely and creatively continued in small group, outdoor, online or distance settings. Examples from the later half of 2020 include a writing exercise letter exchange with residents of a correctional facility, a poetry walk along a park trail, an outdoor natural dye workshop, a distanced reading/discussion with students of Tower View Alternative High School, and various public & private online interviews/discussions with community stakeholders.


PROGRAM MISSION & VALUES

The mission of the Anderson Center is to, in the unique and historic setting of Tower View, offer residencies in the arts, sciences, and humanities; provide a dynamic environment for the exchange of ideas; encourage the pursuit of creative and scholarly endeavors; and serve as a forum for significant contributions to society.

The Anderson Center Residency Program was set-up by a working poet to support other artists and continues to function by those with hands-on experience in the creative process. The organization seeks out feedback from residents each month in order to implement necessary changes as it works toward continual improvement of the program. Most importantly, staff trust artists to know what they need most to advance their individual practices. The Center does not dictate specific outcomes. Instead, the expectation is that the gift of time and space will generate significant advancements in residents' work. The Anderson Center trusts the artists to best use their time to benefit their own work and reach their own goals.

As an interdisciplinary arts organization, the Anderson Center embraces artists who are diverse in every way. Since its inception, the organization has intentionally worked with artists representing a wide range of disciplines, with the belief that the exchange of ideas is generative. The residency program supports artists from around the world, representing a wide range of cultures, races, sexual identities and genders. The Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program exemplifies this diversity of identity and background for artists living in New York City and Minnesota. The Center strives to bring people and ideas together and operates with a spirit of welcome for all.

The Anderson Center aims to support work that is technically accomplished, conceptually rigorous and engages diverse communities. A goal of the Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program in particular is to advance the practice of early-career artists that are uncompromising in their approach to creation and production, and whose work pushes boundaries and explores new creative territories.


SELECTION TIMELINE

February 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. CST) – application deadline
March 4, 2021 – Jury has selected Round 2 applications. All artists are notified of the status of their application
March 22, 2021 – Jury has selected finalists. Phone interviews with finalists begin.
April 4, 2021 – Final notification to selected artists, wait-list and runners-up


 SELECTION CRITERIA
Selection criteria include (in order of importance):

1) Artistic excellence and innovation as demonstrated by work samples, resume and artist statement

2) Potential impact on career as demonstrated by work plan and emerging artist statement

3) Balance of artistic disciplines, identity, geography, etc within selected cohort


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

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, sexual orientation, disability, in admission, access, or employment. The Anderson Center staff is willing to do what they can to accommodate residents with disabilities. Please call before applying to discuss special needs.


TESTIMONIALS

"At the Anderson Center, I revised all the existing chapters of my previous written work and wrote two brand new chapters. I did more writing in a single month through the Anderson Center than I did in two years. To make it even more impressive, I did my word count and I wrote 39,050 words -- or 161 pgs. With the time that I was given at the Center, I was able to make revisions by hand and then retype what existing work I had during the day and then write new work at night. I felt no need to go social media, did not need to check in with friends or family but devoted myself completely to my work. I left the Center believing that I can and will finish my novel and understanding how important it is to make time to create to the very best of my ability. Thanks so much... for giving me that time and space. You have no idea how much it meant to me -- or still means to me." – Kimarlee Nguyen, 2018

"The privilege of time and space this residency provided me has helped the realization of conceptual and technical milestones in my work that were made possible by the amazing people and printmaking facilities on-site. The community facilitated through this program is unlike anything I've experienced [in] past residencies. The diverse group of Jerome residents nurtured and engendered growth, love, and instilled a sense of community that'll live long past August." - Jonathan Herrera, 2018

“I made decisions on a lot of my work that I only could’ve done simply because I had time to think and tinker. [This experience] surpassed my expectation.” – Glendaliz Camacho, 2016

 

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