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Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Anderson Center provides month-long residencies May through October (with rare exceptions made for tw0-week stays) each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants.

This program is the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Since the Center opened in 1995, more than 700 artists, writers, and scholars from over 40 states and 35 countries have participated in the program.

The Center also engages in artist exchange programs with the city of Salzburg, Austria, and with Red Wing's Sister City, Quzhou, China. The Center participates in annual scholarship programs with the University of Minnesota and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington.

In addition to working on a clearly defined project, resident-fellows are asked to make a substantive contribution to the community. Each year Center residents visit schools, senior centers, civic organizations, adult and juvenile detention centers, and other arts institutions in Red Wing and its nearby rural communities from primary school children to senior citizens, benefiting from these community presentations, workshops, and classes.

Application deadline is February 15.


Red Wing, Minnesota: United States

Named one of the top artistic destination points in the upper Mississippi River region by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the Anderson Center has served the artistic community and the citizens of Minnesota through artistic leadership, program development, and support since 1995. The Anderson Center is located 45 minutes southeast of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


  • Residency Length: Month-long (with rare exceptions for 2-week stays)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 39
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 267


  • Application type: Open application
  • Application deadline: February 15
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications to be submitted online through Submittable. Please visit to access or go to

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Glass blowing, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Printmaking

Residency Fees

There is no fee for the residency program, however applicants must pay a $20 application fee, and if accepted, pay for transportation to and from the Anderson Center, and any supplies needed for the work they will be doing during their residency.

Stipends / other support

Visual artists are provided a 15' x 26' studio. Other work spaces on site include a natural down-draft kiln, a printmaking studio, and an open-air metalsmith facility. Practice space is also available for dancers and choreographers.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Each resident is asked to serve the community of Red Wing or its surrounding area by giving a talk, lecture, reading, performance, or classroom activity as specified by the Executive Director.

Contact Information

163 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, Minnesota 55066
United States