The Anderson Center is continually monitoring new information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations from the MN Governor’s office, the CDC and the MN Dept. of Health. In March, the organization made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 residency program until it was safe to move forward. That means all residencies in May, June and July have been canceled or rescheduled.

The Center continues to make plans with artists to host residencies August – October in the event that public health agencies and the MN Governor indicate it is safe for people to congregate again. A final decision for each month will be made 30-45 days before the start date of that residency month. For example, a decision about October will be made between August 15 and September 1, 2020.

In June, the Anderson Center decided to move forward with a plan to safely host artist residencies in August 2020. Cohort size is reduced to three artists at a time so that each artist in the Main Residence can have their own bathroom and maintain physical distance. Artists must also be based within 100 miles of Red Wing.

Some of the other measures we are taking to help ensure the health and safety of residents for the 2020 program include:

  • Shortening the duration of each artist residency by an extra day in order to allow for an even more detailed and thorough cleaning process in between stays.
  • Planning community engagement activities that take place virtually or at a distance outdoors in small groups.



Chelsea B. DesAutels
MN - Poetry - 4 weeks
Aug. 1 - 30

Pete Driessen
MN - Sculpture - 4 weeks
Aug. 1 - 30

Tess Fahlgren
MN - Non-Fiction - 2 weeks
Aug. 1 - 14

Sruthi Narayanan
MN - Fiction - 2 weeks
Aug. 16 - 30


Anni Liu
MN - Non-Fiction - 4 weeks
Sept. 1 - 29

Anna Van Voorhis
MN - Sculpture & Printmaking - 4 weeks
Sept. 1 - 29

Frank Bures
MN - Non-Fiction - 4 weeks
Sept. 1 - 29


Annie Hejny
MN - Painting - 4 weeks

Rehab El Sadek
TX - Sculpture - 4 weeks

Sehaj Sethi
NY - Screenwriting - 4 weeks

Karen Smyte
MI - Fiction - 4 weeks


Residents of the Anderson Center have come from 45 different states and more than 40 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and Uganda.

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 MFA programs at The University of Minnesota and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington.

Please check back for more information on former artists in residence! Pictured here is the May 2016 cohort of artists in residence: (L to R) Marcus Wicker, Ray Minge, Cate Hennessey, Cynthia Hogue, and Kevin Kling.