Luxembourg City

The MOWA’s Artist Residency Program Sounds Absolutely Amazing

Anyone who has lived in Wisconsin, or has ties to the state, can submit an application for the artist-in-residence program.

Would you like to paint plein air landscapes in the European countryside? Snack on waffles at a Lowland café? Or maybe just kick your feet up in a fortified castle? Here’s your chance.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art, in West Bend, has partnered with a real estate company called the Ansay Development Corporation to establish an artist residency at Bourglinster Castle in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

Bourglinster Castle
Bourglinster Castle

The residency will last two months and include a stipend for travel, as well as a room inside a castle whose oldest rooms date to the late 14th century.

One artist with Wisconsin ties will be selected to join five to six other artists from around the world for the residency, and will have total freedom to pursue whatever projects interests him or her.

“The program was conceived as a way of helping introduce Wisconsin artists to the international art scene,” says MOWA Executive Director and CEO Laurie Winters. “This is yet another example of how MOWA is focused on creating a hub of opportunities for Wisconsin artists.”

MOWA first established the residency in 2015, when it sent Shorewood photographer Lois Bielefield to the castle. Bielefield has shown her work widely since then and was recently the recipient of a well-received solo exhibition at Milwaukee’s own Charles Allis Museum.

The application closes Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m. And MOWA’s selection will be announced by Dec. 22, 2017.

According to a recent MOWA press release, “preference will be given to up-and-coming emerging artists,” and “final selection will be based on the quality of the artist’s work, potential impact of the residency on the artist, and the artist’s ability to work effectively in an international setting.”



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.