Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 19:11
The Port Washington-based development company Ansay Development Corp. has a solid reputation on the local financial scene, but its latest venture will likely gain it some traction on the global front.
The company is partnering with the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend to establish a three-month artist-in-residence program at Bourglinster Castle in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
The first residency will start in February 2015.
During the residency, a selected Wisconsin artist will have travel expenses to Europe covered as well as receive a monthly stipend while they work.
Housing will be provided in the form of a separate apartment in the converted castle, which is located 15 minutes outside the city center.
The artist-in-residence will work with five or six other artists from around the world and have complete freedom to work on projects and make connections in the European art community.
The residency program is supported by Luxembourg’s Ministry of Culture.
The Ansay family, which has long touted its Luxembourg roots, has been the driving force behind the creation of the Luxembourg American Cultural Center in the Ozaukee County community of Belgium.
“I am excited that we are able to get this residency off the ground,” said Mike Ansay, managing partner of Ansay Development Corporation.
“With the backing of the Ministry in Luxembourg and the strong relationship they have with the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, we were able to get this idea momentum.”
Ansay called the collaboration from the West Bend museum “the critical piece” to pulling the program together.
“We are very excited about this great partnership and the opportunities that will come from it. It’s great to be able to offer an international residency experience to a deserving Wisconsin artist and at the same time create awareness of the phenomenal artistic talent that is right here in Wisconsin.”
Ansay Development Corp. is the real-estate branch of the thriving family insurance company. It was established in 1985.
Laurie Winters, executive director and CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, said the sponsorship of Ansay Development will help give Badger State artists creditability on the global scene.
“This is yet another example of how MOWA is focused on creating a petri dish of opportunity for Wisconsin artists,” Winters said.
Organizers explain that the residency is open to any artist who either lives in the state “or has had transformational art experiences in Wisconsin that link them to the state in a significant and recognizable way.”
Preference will be given to emerging artists with a proven track record and mid-career artists with gallery representation.
Application forms are available at www.wisconsinart.org/LuxembourgProgram.
The deadline for submittals is Sept. 8. In-person interviews will be conducted between Sept. 9 and 17.
The first artist-in-residence will be announced during a fund-raising event at MOWA on Sept. 20.
Image information: The artist-in-residency program includes paid lodging in an apartment in Bourglinster Castle in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.