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Anderson Center hires new director

Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers, who currently is with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre in Minneapolis, will take over as executive director of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing on Feb. 1.

Rogers succeeds Christopher Burawa, who resigned in October. Currently serving as acting director is Robert Hedin, co-founder of the Anderson Center and its director for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2015.

Rogers was born in Rochester and grew up in Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts from St. Olaf College, Northfield, and a master's in photography from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In Minneapolis, she was with The Third Place Gallery and Thomas Barry Fine Arts before becoming marketing coordinator for In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.

She hopes to move to Red Wing by February.

"The director needs to be part of the community," Rogers said. "That's part of the appeal of the job."

When she moves here, Rogers will be bringing her mother's Red Wing boots. Originally purchased in the 1970s, they've been passed down to her. "I hope to get many more years out of them," she said.

She grew up in a small town, but "I've had lots of opportunities in my career. Some of the most interesting cultural work being done today is in small cities."

Rogers became attracted to the Anderson Center on her first visit to Tower View in summer of 2016 with children's author John Coy.

"The Anderson Center is a wonderful resource for both Red Wing and the arts community regionally, nationally, and internationally," Rogers said.

"There is a strong history of innovation and inspiration at Tower View, and I am excited to work with an excellent staff and board to continue that legacy." The interdisciplinary aspect also holds appeal.

While working on her master's degree on the East Coast, Rogers noted how the population density was a big factor in promoting an interchange of ideas. But she prefers to live in Greater Minnesota.

"I am deeply Midwestern," she explained. "There are ways to do it in the Midwest," including using a residency center aspect of the Anderson Center to encourage "cross-pollination" of ideas.

As a photographer, she added, "I absolutely love the driftless region." She hopes to find time for photographing the area and pursuing mixed-media projects involving printing on fabric.

Rogers' photography has been widely exhibited at venues including Parsons New School for Design in Manhattan, Hold Art Space in Brisbane, Australia, and the Icebox Gallery in Philadelphia, along with Silverwood Park Gallery in St. Anthony, Minn., and the Rochester Art Center.

The Anderson Center is an artist community and arts center that has operated at Tower View Estate since 1995. Exhibits and events are held year-round; artists, writers and scholars participate in residencies from spring through fall. There also are more than 20 permanent resident artists.

"We are extremely pleased by Stephanie Rogers' commitment to lead the center in its next decade as a valued cultural resource in southeast Minnesota," said Hedin, who also is board chairman.

"Her deep experience in the field of arts administration and her broad range of administrative skills and innovative sensibility are an ideal fit with the center's mission and programming."