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July at Tower View has international flair

Three returning residents are being joined by an exchange artist from Austria, an organist, two fellowship recipients and a writer this month at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Florida printmaker Tom Virgin is here for his seventh visit to continue working on an artist's book on Tower View. Musicologist Angelica Minero Escobar and pianist Michael Tsalka, who have spent a month here annually since 2008, will work on joint musical activities and a new instrumental project with another collaborator.

Katharina Zlobl


Katharina Zlobl was awarded the annual one-month residency at the Anderson Center by the city of Salzburg, Austria. Born in Radstadt near Salzburg, she was reared in the mountainous village of Neukirchen. Zlobl studied psychology and history, and is currently an art student at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg.

Through the artist exchange, the Anderson Center is sending Minneapolis book artist and printmaker Cathy Ryan to Salzburg this month. A past Anderson Center resident, Ryan is a longstanding member of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Community service: ArtReach

Angelica Minero Escobar

Musicologist, mezzo-soprano

Dr. Angelica Minero Escobar, award-winning performer, teacher and scholar, will collaborate with her husband, Dr. Michael Tsalka, on two projects. She also will have singing sessions twice a day.

They are working on a French art song program dedicated to music by Debussy and Poulenc. Concerts are planned in Mexico and Italy.

The couple, who currently live in Valencia, Spain, also will work on an edition of music by Ferdinand Ries, a student of Beethoven. She is transcribing first editions of the songs for the book, which will be published in 2020.

Community service: DeerCrest

Michael Tsalka

Pianist, composer

Dr. Michael Tsalka, pianist and early keyboard performer, has won numerous prizes and awards around the world for his keyboard performances. He has traveled the world giving concerts and appearing with orchestras, and has recorded 20 CDs and has presented more than a hundred master classes and lecture-recitals worldwide.

In addition to working with Minero Escobar, he will prepare for an August recording session of Spanish repertoire for mandolin and piano; and prepare programs for the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, which he will be directing.

Tsalka also will collaborate with resident Dennis James on a Theremin and piano recital scheduled Aug. 1 in Chicago and a program on glass harmonica and early keyboards for a later tour in Europe.

Community service: DeerCrest

Dennis James


Dennis James of Addison, N.Y., has more than 50 years experience as a performing and recording musician, a concert organist, a silent film historical score preservationist and an ensemble instrumentalist. He acquires, restores and uses unusual historical musical instruments. James has worked in academic settings and has published several books and CDs.

He and Tsalka will work on a new touring program, "Electronique Exotique," which they will present as the Duo Musica Curiosa. They will work on "fortepiano-plus-glass armonica repertoire," he said, featuring the Theramin, a unique musical device invented in 1920.

Community service: Deer Crest

Tom Virgin

Mixed media artist

Tom Virgin, an artist, printer and designer from Coral Gables, Fla., and proprietor of Extra Virgin Press in Miami, returns to continue his work on a series of prints for an artists' book on the Anderson Center at Tower View. It will include woodcut prints, letterpress printed images, text and images from Tower View founder A.P. Anderson's book, "The Fifth Reader."

A resident several times since 2009, he also will work with local artist Art Kenyon on research into additional letterpress equipment for the center; work on interdisciplinary projects with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; intern with area artist Gaylord Shanilec, and work with poet and retired Anderson Center Director Robert Hedin on an interdisciplinary proposal.

Community service: Open house July 7 at Summer Celebration of the Arts

Dawn-Michelle Baude

Nonfiction writer

Dawn-Michelle Baude from Las Vegas, Nev., will spend two weeks at Tower View working on her book, "Freeze Frame," which she describes as "autofiction," which recounts factual events from her life. The fact-driven narrative has two storylines — one about growing up in the Midwest in the 1970s and the other about living in Paris in the 1990s. She plans to write a second volume about her time in San Francisco and the Middle East.

Baude, who earned her doctorate in English from the University of Illinois-Chicago, has won many honors for her creative writing and has taught at the college level. Widely published, she is a college counselor and tutor in New York.

Community service: College application essay workshop July 18 at Tower View

Theodosia Henney

Connor McNamara Stratton


Theodosia Henney and Connor McNamara Stratton are poets and students in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. They were awarded Gesell Writing Fellowships.

Community service: Henney will do a reading at Downtown Plaza; Stratton will work with children participating in the SparkZ program.