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Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency

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Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency
Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency


Through partnerships with American and international institutions, Atelierhaus Hilmsen supports the education and professional development of artists and scholars from around the world with an emphasis in the Arts and Humanities. Residents come together to create and research in complete freedom, unmediated by external distractions.


Atelierhaus Hilmsen selects artists and scholars of varying disciplines regardless of age, sex or nationality to experience an unforgettable place of creativity and mystery. Through the alchemy of diversity, spacious studios and the wondrous environment of Hilmsen, the Atelierhaus becomes a channel for deeper understanding across cultures and perspectives as well as a catalyst for spontaneous collaborative projects.


Hilmsen is a small hamlet located 10 miles outside of the medieval town of Salzwedel in the former territory of the German Democratic Republic (population 25,000). Salzwedel is centrally located between Hamburg and Berlin. Culturally rich with a charming aesthetic, modern amenities, and a fascinating history, Salzwedel is a place of interest for many travelers along the old Eastern border. In 1993, Hans Molzberger acquired 50,000 square meters of land in Hilmsen, which included a Gothic farmhouse built in 1906 along with several dilapidated barns, to continue to create large-scale sculpture.

Artist and founder, Hans Molzberger began making minor modifications and additions to the farm and facilities so the environment would be more conducive for studio artwork. He started hosting his friends and fellow artists to create their own work, research and collaborate. This led to the founding of Atelierhaus Hilmsen (meaning “ studio house” in English), a professional arts and humanities residency and non-profit organization.

Simultaneously, Molzberger’s outreach to local schools as well as his new friendships with Houston based artists Sharon Kopriva and Michael Roque Collins resulted in an offer of employment as a Professor of Art at Houston Baptist University. Molzberger invited scholars from Texas to visit Hilmsen. This was the catalyst for the birth of Molzberger Academy, a summer student residency program for students which operates out of Atelierhaus Hilmsen 501(c)(3).

In 2015, Atelierhaus Hilmsen became a Local Action Group supported by the European Union LEADER structure fund. This will support various grounds improvements.



Kathrin manages the accounting for Atelierhaus Hilmsen as well as the facilities and rooms within the house itself. Kathrin is a delightful and gracious host for the residents. Kathrin works full time as a family consultant and social worker in Germany. 


Artist and founder, Hans has worked tirelessly to build and maintain Atelierhaus Hilmsen. Recently, Hans has been successful in gaining funding from the European Union which has been instrumental in making improvements and upgrades to the residency facilities. When in Hilmsen, Hans enjoys conducting workshops and engaging with the local community near the residency through various programs. During the academic season, Hans works full time as a sculptor professor at Houston Baptist University in the United States.


Hauptstraße 1

Hilmsen, Sachsen-Anhalt


Director Hans Molzberger

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