The Anderson Center is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 public health crisis, including recommendations from the MN Governor’s office, the CDC and the MN Dept. of Health. We have made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 residency program until it is safe to move forward.

This means we have decided to cancel all residencies in May, June and July, but are still making plans with artists selected by the review panel 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 of the residency month. For example, a decision about October will be made between August 15 and September 1, 2020.

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

  • Reducing the number of artists in residence at any given time from five to four or less so that each artist in the Main Residence can have their own bathroom.
  • 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.



Clare Shearer
ID - Non-Fiction - 2 weeks

Chelsea DesAutels
MN - Poetry - 2 weeks

Ghislaine Fremaux
TX - Visual Art - 4 weeks

Lando Valdez
TX - Visual Art - 4 weeks

Dorsey Craft
FL - Poetry - 2 weeks

2 weeks


Zain Alam
NY - Music - 2 weeks

Keith Wilson
IL - Poetry - 2 weeks

Emiricus Brown-Murillo Gonzalez
NY - Poetry - 4 weeks

tba - PLU  & Quzhou Exchange


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.