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Final group closes out residency season

The Anderson Center will conclude its 15th year of artist residencies with a group that includes a nonfiction writer, poets, a photographer and a sculptor.

The October group brings to nearly 600 the number of artists, writers and scholars to come to the center since 1995, Anderson Center Director Robert Hedin noted. They came from 38 states and 27 foreign countries.

"They have represented 35 different disciplines, from archeology and anthropology to poetry and dance, and have dedicated their precious time not only to their own work but also to the enrichment of thousands in Red Wing and its surrounding communities," he said.

Each resident undertakes a community activity. Many have visited schools, senior centers and jails, plus there have been a number of public presentations.

"There are few, if any, artist communities in the United States that have such an ambitious and successful community outreach program as ours here at the Anderson Center," Hedin said. "Everyone - artists and citizens alike - has benefited."

Joanne Jacobson

Nonfiction writer

An educator from New York City, Joanne Jacobson s working on a nonfiction project about her mother's chronic respiratory infection and the end-of-life issues raised by the illness. She has been writing a series of pieces titled "Every Last Breath," with each piece exploring a different aspect of the relationship between life and death.

Jacobson studied at the University of Illinois and University of Iowa, and has been associate dean and interim director of the honors program at Yeshiva College in New York. She has been awarded several fellowships, and her work has been published as essays and in books, plus she is an active presenter, including topics on religion and culture.

Community service: Red Wing Women's Network on Oct. 13.

Dainis Pundurs


Dainis Pundurs, a teacher and artist from Latvia, will be creating new works this month at Tower View. Pundurs studied art in Latvia and is now a teacher at that country's Academy of Arts as well as an associate professor in the ceramics department.

Pundurs has held personal exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden, and the artist's porcelain and ceramic forms have been in group shows in several other countries, from South Korea to France to the United States.

Community service: Lake Pepin Art & Design Center, Pepin

Vance Gellert


Minneapolis photographer Vance Gellert uses his medical science background - he studied physiology and pharmacology at the University of Minnesota - in conjunction with the photographic arts to address the importance of ritual and belief in medical practice - "the placebo effect or the mid/body connection," according to his resume.

He is working on a volume of images related to his studies and will some of his time at Tower View working on the photographs and writing the narrative for the book, which is tentatively titled "Finding the Jaguar: Tracking the Spirit of Healing."

Gellert, currently curator of the Minnesota Center for Media Arts, has received numerous awards and fellowships, and his work has been exhibited widely since 1983 - most recently a solo exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

Community service: Red Wing Photography Club

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish


An English scholar and editor, Jeanette Mish of Norman, Okla., is undertaking a new poetry project involving her family's mixed ancestry and its complex relationship with race and class. She is Creek, Delaware, Lumbee, African-American and Scots-Irish.

Mish studied 20th Century American Literature, poetry and ethnic literatures in Oklahoma and Texas, and is a published author and poet who has taught at both those universities. Because she did not study writing as an academic pursuit, she will focus this month on the poetic craft.

Community service: Minnesota Correctional Facility

James Lenfestey


A Minneapolis free-lance writer, poet, teacher and editor, James Lenfestey has published numerous poems plus collections. His latest, "Low Down and Coming On: An Anthology of Frightening and Delicious Poems about Pigs," which is being published this month, honors the late Bill Holm. Lenfestey will read from it at the Anderson Center's Holiday Celebration of the Arts on Dec. 11.

Educated at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught from 1968-71 at UW-River Falls. Among other activities, he is poet-in-residence at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Community service: Goodhue County Jail