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Anderson Center launches 2013 residency season

Nearly three dozen artists, writers and scholars from 13 states and five foreign countries will be in residence during the 2013 summer season at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Red Wing artist community's 18th season runs from May through October at Tower View Estate, located on Highway 61 at Highway 19.

"This year we received 210 applications for the summer residency season," Director Robert Hedin said. The 34 chosen individuals will come from Austria, China, Estonia, Finland and Sweden in addition to the United States.

Each will spend two weeks to a month on the campus working on individual projects -- from musicology to screenwriting, poetry to children's literature -- while also spending time with residents from other disciplines.

The intent, Hedin said, is to provide them with "uninterrupted time and space."

While in Red Wing, the residents also do community service at classes, workshops and community events in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Zumbrota and Lake City.

This year's residents will appear at schools, senior centers, detention facilities and gatherings of civic organizations. Hedin estimated they will speak before approximately 2,700 people, from grade school children to senior citizens.

In the past 17 years, he added, more than 750 emerging and established artists, writers and scholars from 45 states and 35 foreign countries have participated in the residency program.

The May residents follow.

Marianne Boruch


A professor in the English Department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., Marianne Boruch has published a number of poetry collections and had her work featured in numerous publications. In 2012 she received the Pushcart Prize and was a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

During her fourth Anderson Center residency, Boruch will focus on what she hopes will be her ninth published collection. "I know that the natural world -- not the pretty one; the strange, unthinkable one -- will be a major presence in these poems so having access to the woods below the Anderson Center, the bluffs beyond it, will be an important element in the wakeful dream that is writing poems," she said.

Community service: Women's Network

Jessica Anthony

Fiction writer/novelist

A month at the Anderson Center is just what Jessica Anthony believes she needs to advance her book in progress, "Enter the Aardvark," a collection of America novellas. She completed the first story about a man who discovers an underground nuclear facility in a jungle, and hopes to finish a draft of the second story, about a Mongolian farm boy. A grant and support from a New York City literary foundation are enabling her to take a month off teaching to focus on writing.

Anthony lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Bates College and Southern New Hampshire University. She has had two books published, including "Chopsticks," for which she also has sold the film rights. Last year's honors included the Maine Arts Commission's Literary Arts Prize and a nomination for her graphic novel.

Community service: Cannon Falls High School

Anna Boyer

Mixed media artist

Minnesota artist Anna Boyer will spend May making drawings and prints, plus she will work on an installation that will be part of a Third Floor Emerging Artist Series show at the Rochester Art Center in July. She will make two new series of letterpress prints with hand coloring and embroidery.

Boyer studied English at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and earned a master's in book arts/printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She teaches book arts at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University and at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Community service: Goodhue High School

Diane Ramos

Mixed media artist

Diane Ramos, a mixed media artist educated in fine art photography, is the 2013 recipient of the Midwestern Voices and Visions III award, sponsored by the National Alliance of Artists Communities. It was the third time the Anderson Center was selected for the program, which celebrates, supports and promotes the work of exceptional Midwestern artists of color.

She currently works as a photographer and graphic designer in Lorain, Ohio, and has taught at several colleges. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country. Currently Ramos is creating art works that incorporate domestic traditions she learned from her grandmother, who suffers from dementia, in a contemporary manner.

Community service: Red Wing High School

Carolyn Kras


Carolyn Kras will spend May 1-15 at Tower View working on a new play about the foreclosure crisis. "Thresholds" explores the fact that families moving into newly purchased foreclosure homes are discovering that the previous residents have not moved out because banks have abdicated responsibility and there is a huge backlog in obtaining eviction notices.

A resident of La Grange, Ill., Kras studied drama and has had several of her plays read or produced. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Artery Playwrights Project and works as a freelance screenwriter. Last year alone, she was honored as a Theater Masters Visionary Playwright, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, a film screenwriter and an alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Community service: Sheldon Theatre

Troy Perkins


A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a master's in film, Troy Perkins will be at the Anderson Center May 16-31 working on "The Thunder," a post-Civil War Western now in first draft form. It's unlike anything he's done before, Perkins said, and will be his first feature length production.

Perkins has written nine screenplays, all short films, including "Solomon's Train," a comedy that earned praise at national screenplay competitions.

Community service: Tower View Alternative School