A dancer/choreographer will join two artists, two poets and two writers representing seven states who are in residence this month at the Anderson Center at Tower View.
They will perform community service throughout the city, working with all ages, while devoting most of their time to individual projects ranging from hand-cut paper portraits and climate change poems to mixed-media artworks and a memoir.
Texas artist Antonius-Tin Bui will spend the month working on hand-cut paper portraits of Asian Pacific Islanders. They will be part of an ongoing project related to "Tale of Viet Kieu," an epic poem about South Vietnam's fall to the communist government. Interviews and printed material will join the portraits in providing a platform for Vietnamese citizens and Vietnamese Americans.
Internationally trained with a degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, Bui has been awarded several residencies, and last year was a semifinalist in a National Portrait Gallery competition. The Vietnamese-American's artwork has been featured in exhibitions around the country.
Community service: ArtReach
Author Lindsey Drager from North Charleston, S.C., will devote her month in Red Wing to a work in progress, a collection of hybrid prose that investigates the politics and reconstructs the characters that populated the 19th century American sideshow or freak show. The book will explore the history of disability on display, a period when people with disabilities endured ostracism on many levels.
Drager is an award-winning fiction writer and presenter. She holds a doctorate from the University of Denver and currently is a professor of creative writing at the College of Charleston and nonfiction editor of the publication Crazyhorse.
Community service: Downtown Plaza
During her month at Tower View, poet Sara Grossman from Philadelphia will work on her current project, a poetry manuscript titled "Quaternary," which she said is a scientific designation denoting the current geological epoch. The work is a poetic exploration of an imperiled biosphere using evidence of environmental collapse.
Grossman is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Bryn Mawr College. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Rutgers University. Her work has been widely published, including a collection titled "Let the House of Body Fall," and she has been awarded fellowships and other honors.
Community service: Pier 55
Charles Matson Lume
Mixed media artist
An artist from St. Paul, Charles Matson Lume will spend his two-week residency working on a solo exhibition planned for St. Catherine University there in 2020. He will continue researching, create new work and write a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to help support the exhibition. Two poets are working on the project with him, including Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota poet laureate.
Lume has been awarded many MSAB grants in the past for his projects, and also has been awarded residencies and featured at solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been creating art for more than 25 years, and his ephemeral installations frequently involve light installations.
Community service: Red Wing Arts
Jeric Anthony Smith from Seattle is one of two MFA candidates who were awarded two-week Deborah Tall residency fellowships from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. He holds bachelor's degrees from Goddard College, Vermont, and the University of Washington.
Smith's current writing addresses his history of being molested as a child. He is working with both prose and poetry, and his book-in-progress blends personal and political narratives as well as the two writing forms.
Community service: Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing
Sari Sapon-White from Philomath, Ore., is the other Deborah Tall fellow. A nonfiction writer, she has degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Massachusetts. She works with 12-year-olds preparing for the traditional coming-of-age ritual.
During her two weeks in Red Wing she will be working on a memoir that involves long-held family secrets and personal trauma. In addition, she is focusing on a critical paper for the writing workshop that examines how memoirists deal with painful relationships.
Community service: Red Wing Public Library/Children & Teen Outreach at Pepin Woods
New York City dancer/choreographer Christopher Williams will spend two weeks at Tower View creating movement material for an original ballet titled "Narcissus," which re-envisions the classic ballet through "a contemporary queer lens." The work is scheduled to premiere in fall of 2020 in New York City.
Williams was educated in Paris and New York, including the professional training program at Merce Cunningham Dance Studio. He has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and residencies, and has created/performed original works and collaborations internationally.