About

Located 45 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, the traditional lands of the Wahpekute people, Franconia Sculpture Park (FSP) operates a 50-acre outdoor museum, a Fellowship program, an emerging artist residency program, robust public programming, and expansive educational initiatives. FSP is a cultural anchor to the Twin Cities with a national reach into contemporary art communities and over 200,000 annual visitors. 

We support Writers, Artist Families, and sculpture and installation artists including land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, and performance art. The program and facilities promote a collaborative community, foster new work and intellectual exchange, offer exhibition and presentation opportunities, and provide artists with exposure to the Twin Cities. We encourage experimentation and knowledge-building--whether artists seek to redefine process, reflect social and cultural contexts of our time, or push conceptual or material boundaries. 

Franconia provides a communal residency experience where selected artists live on-site at our 4500 sq. ft. farmhouse. Our facility includes nine private bedrooms, 2.5 shared bathrooms, two kitchens, and common spaces for building lasting connections amongst peers. We provide food, laundry facilities, utilities, and WIFI for artist use. Franconia’s work facilities include an outdoor 10,000 square-foot work pad and individual storage sheds. 

Opened in 2020, Franconia Commons includes the Driscoll Education Center for community workshops, a gift shop, and the Mardag Gallery. See our program calendar for up-to-date public events such as Film@Franconia or Music@Franconia at our Earthen Outdoor Amphitheater.

Visit our website for an overview of all our residency programs.

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2023 Theme                  

Public Art IS Public Health

Franconia has continued to safely host artist residencies throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognizing that many artists have lost personal and professional opportunities to thrive. Some have lost income and the potential to earn, while others have lost access to food, housing, and healthcare, impacting physical and mental health. Studies show that outdoor and public art can be especially beneficial for public health in five key areas: collective trauma, racism, mental health, social exclusion and isolation, and chronic disease. Access to public art is critical in supporting healthy communities. 

As such, for our 2023 season Franconia is asking ourselves, our artists, and our audiences how we can collectively move from individual solutions to collaborative acknowledgment and discussion of our bodily and mental well-being through the lens of public art.

Applicants should express an interest in investigating and creating work exploring intersectional impacts between public art and public health. Proposals should address some aspect of public health in their work, including interpreting or recognizing its motifs, assumptions, and relationships to public health. Concepts may include but are not limited to: shared identity and place; racial, structural, and economic inequities; affordable housing; food deserts and community gardens; collective trauma; art created in collaboration with the community; identity and belonging; art as spaces for collective healing; access to quality healthcare and early education; stress and anxiety; mental health and public stigma.

Application Fees

$25 for all except $15 for Alumni  

(Fees will be adjusted and reflected through the application process)

Franconia Sculpture Park is pleased to once again present the Franconia 5 Minute Film Fest, open for submissions from artists in Minnesota and Wisconsin working in video art, film, documentary, animation, or experimental media.

Selected videos will be screened live on Saturday, September 3 during an outdoor screening as part of the Film @ Franconia series. All submissions must be under 5 minutes in length.


Awards will be announced at the event.

$500 First Place

$250 Second Place

$100 Third Place

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2022; submission fee $5

Juror Bios

Angela Washko is an artist who creates new forums for discussions about feminism. Washko’s practice spans interventions in mainstream media, performance art, video, and video games. She is committed to telling complex and unconventional stories about the media we consume from unusual perspectives. Since 2012, Washko has operated The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, an ongoing intervention inside the most popular multiplayer online role-playing game. A recent recipient of the Impact Award at Indiecade, a Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, and a Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grant, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in The New Yorker, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The New York Times, and more. Her projects have been presented internationally at venues including Museum of the Moving Image, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milan Design Triennale, the Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Washko is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Omar Lopex helms Standard Fantastic Pictures, an artist-run production studio in the unique US/Mexico Transborder region, emerging from the front lines of cross-border politics and late capitalism. Standard Fantastic's collaborative form of production is process-driven and seeks to replace the exploitative one-way dynamic that currently & historically has shaped the US/Mexico border relationship. Lopex's debut feature Ana, Who They Pulled Out of the River premiered at the Mingei International Museum in 2021. In 2022, Lopex established the inaugural Standard Fantastic Transborder Film Fellowship providing materials, equipment, and mentorship for two teams of young filmmakers to produce narrative films about the border.

Ginger Shulick Porcella (Minnesota) currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Franconia Sculpture Park. She holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. She was previously the Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, Executive Director of the San Diego Art Institute, and the Executive Director of Art Connects New York. She has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions such as: Cyclic with Cassils and Ron Athey; Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality and the Occult in Contemporary ArtDazzled: OMD, Memphis Design and Beyond; and Amir Fallah: Scatter my Ashes on Foreign on Lands. She is the founder/director of the 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial, founder and head curator of LUMEN video and performance festival in New York, as well as the 5 Minute Film Festivals in San Diego, Tucson and now Franconia. Her exhibitions have been positively reviewed in Frieze, The New York Times, and Hyperallergic, and in 2015 she was named the “Voice of the Year” by The Voice of San Diego.

This program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Application Opens: June 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022 | 11:59 PM CST
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 thereafter / $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $1000 for a two-week residency
Eligibility: International
Categories: Writers. Including Scholars, Curators, Arts Writers, Poets, Fiction, and Creative
Nonfiction, Songwriting
Location: Shafer, Minnesota
When: January 11-25, 2023, or October 11-25, 2023
Total Artists Selected: 7

Seven accomplished writers will join the Writers Residency program at Franconia Sculpture Park in 2023. Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. Writers will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work. Residents with an interest or practice in art writing will have the possibility to publish a piece with Mn Artists, the Walker Museum’s platform for interdisciplinary arts writing.


Winter is an ideal time at the park for writers to find focus, solitude, and quiet away from familiar day-to-day distractions. Snow covers the landscape, bringing stillness and contemplation instead of the bustling of Franconia’s summer months. The weather can drop to extreme temperatures so applicants must be self-sufficient and comfortable with a semi-isolated residency when staff leave after the workday. October is cool and vividly hued with trees at their most colorful. Visitors to the park pick up in the Fall.


Franconia Sculpture Park is adjusting to and conceiving new ways to support a collaborative artist environment during the COVID-19 pandemic when so many artists have lost personal and professional opportunities to thrive.  In the spirit of our mission to support artists with our open spaces (50-acres of trails, prairie, and sculpture park), Franconia has been able to safely resume its residency programs since June 2020 with strict sanitation and social-distancing protocols.

ANNUAL THEME

Public Art IS Public Health

Franconia has continued to safely host artist residencies throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognizing that many artists have lost personal and professional opportunities to thrive. Some have lost income and the potential to earn, while others have lost access to food, housing, and healthcare, impacting physical and mental health. Studies show that outdoor and public art can be especially beneficial for public health in five key areas: collective trauma, racism, mental health, social exclusion and isolation, and chronic disease. Access to public art is critical in supporting healthy communities. As such, for our 2023 season Franconia is asking ourselves, our artists, and our audiences how we can collectively move from individual solutions to collaborative acknowledgment and discussion of our bodily and mental well-being through the lens of public art.


ELIGIBILITY 

  • Be 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history.
  • Stay for two weeks.
  • Curators, poets, songwriters, playwrights, writers (fiction or nonfiction), artists centered on contemporary cultural arts and theory, academics on sabbatical, etc. are considered.
  • Small collaborative groups of two may apply and must combine shared professional experience into one resume with both artists listed. Pay only one application fee.
  • International artists may apply.
  • Alumni may reapply.


ARTIST BENEFITS 

  • Writers receive a $1000 stipend. Collabs must split artist stipend.
  • Room and Board.
  • Airport Pickup + Dropoff.
  • Residents with an interest or practice in art writing will have the possibility to publish a piece with Mn Artists, the Walker Museum’s platform for interdisciplinary arts writing.
  • Professional development opportunities may be available such as access to field trips and an online public reading.
  • Access to Twin Cities cultural communities.
  • Ability to return to Franconia as an Alumni member.
  • 10% discount at the Franconia Commons gift shop.


ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Artists are responsible for travel expenses to and from Franconia, as well as ground travel while staying at Franconia.
  • Residents are expected to prepare shared meals for group meals at 6 pm nightly.
  • Residents clean up and do light housekeeping. There is no housekeeping staff.
  • Writers maintain a quiet atmosphere between 9 am - 5 pm and 8 pm onward.
  • Weather Awareness. Franconia during winter is very quiet and at times midwest weather can be extreme.
  • Two weekly meet-ups with all residents and the residency director are mandatory.
  • For staff ease and transportation, Artists must schedule airport arrivals between 8 am - 3pm; If driving, arrive between 10 am – 5 PM. Checkout on departure day is between 10 am - 12 pm.


THE ARTIST HOUSE

  • The artist’s house sits on-site at Franconia Sculpture Park.
  • A communal residency experience where artists live on-site at our 4500 sq. ft farmhouse.
  • Each writer receives a private bedroom.
  • Writers share 2.5 shared bathrooms, two kitchens, and indoor common spaces for gathering.
  • WIFI + laundry facilities are for writer use.
  • A shared office space
  • If driving, there is parking space available at the Artist House.


OTHER SPACE
There are outside spaces to gather such as:

  • Walking paths are placed throughout 50-acres of prairie made up of plants native to the region.
  • An outdoor community gathering space with granite slab tables and benches.
  • A bonfire site


FEES

  • A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission via the Submittable application platform.
  • The fee is waived for the first two weeks (June 1 - June 15).
  • Alumni pay a reduced application fee of $15.
  • Applicants must pay a fee for each residency they apply for.
  • Collaboratives of two submit one application and pay one fee.
  • Collaborators may attend together to work on a shared project – we are unable to provide additional stipends to collaborators.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

  • Professional Bio (150 words)
  • A one-sentence summary of the work plan (25 words)
  • Work Plan (250 words)
  • Current CV
  • (2) References
  • Work samples
  • Curators should submit up to two pages of exhibition text.
  • Scholars should submit a published journal article.
  • Arts writers should submit a published review or article.
  • Fiction + Non-Fiction writers should submit 5 pages.
  • Poets should submit two poems.
  • Text-based samples should be submitted in .pdf format
  • Works in progress are allowed.


APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

  1. Submit your application at Submittable.com.
  2. You will receive an email confirming your submission.
  3. Applications will be scored according to the criteria:
  • artistic merit
  • a demonstrated connection to the site
  • a thoughtful connection to the annual theme


Panelists

Applications will be reviewed by Franconia’s Executive Director & Chief Curator and the Director for Residency Programs, as well as one guest panelist. Franconia supports a diversity of lived experiences and practices to represent the park.
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Application Open: June 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022 | 11:59 PM CST
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 / $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $2000
Eligibility: International
Categories: sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance.
Location: Shafer, Minnesota
When:  July 12-16, 2023 or July 19-23, 2023 | Youth (Aged 8-13)
            July 26-30, 2023 | Teen Intensive (Grades 9-12)
Total Families Selected: 2-3
More Info: https://www.franconia.org/artist-opportunities/


The Artist Family Residency invites Artist Parents and Artist Youth to be in process together for a one-two week process-based residency at Franconia. Coinciding with our Youth Installation Summer Camps, Artist Youth have the option to attend camp for free during the day or join the Artist Parent on-site for research. For artist parents, this is a self-directed residency. The Artist Family benefits both from the individual creative process and also through togetherness while exploring the connection between art and ecology. A culminating Parents & Community sharing of Summer Camp Works provides a joined capstone experience for the Artist Family.

ANNUAL THEME
Public Art IS Public Health

Franconia has continued to safely host artist residencies throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognizing that many artists have lost personal and professional opportunities to thrive. Some have lost income and the potential to earn, while others have lost access to food, housing, and healthcare, impacting physical and mental health. Studies show that outdoor and public art can be especially beneficial for public health in five key areas: collective trauma, racism, mental health, social exclusion and isolation, and chronic disease. Access to public art is critical in supporting healthy communities. As such, for our 2023 season Franconia is asking ourselves, our artists, and our audiences how we can collectively move from individual solutions to collaborative acknowledgment and discussion of our bodily and mental well-being through the lens of public art.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Artist Parents must be 21+ years of age, showing a professional working history of making art.
  • Artist Youth must be between the ages of 8 - 13.
  • Artist Teens must be in 9th - 12th grades.
  • Artist Families must choose between a one - two week residency at Artist House.
  • Disciplines including but not limited to self-reliant mediums that include writing, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, and performance art.
  • The Artist Parent may bring an additional adult for child care support – they will not have workspace access.
  • International artists may apply.
  • Alumni are welcome to reapply.

ARTIST BENEFITS 

  • Artist Parent receives a $2000 unrestricted stipend.
  • Free Youth Installation Summer Camps for (up to two) Youth aged 8 - 17.
  • Artist Family receives a curated itinerary of a day out around the area.
  • Access to the Twin Cities arts community
  • Able to return as a Franconia alumni member.


ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • The Artist Family must arrange their travel.
  • Each Artist Family selected may bring up to two children.
  • Artist Parents must select 1-2 weeks duration.
  • Artist Youth should attend the entire week of camp.
  • Artist Families are encouraged to share nightly dinners together.


OUTDOOR SPACE
There are outside spaces to gather, such as:

  • a large green lawn and walking paths placed throughout 50-acres of prairie made up of plants native to the region.
  • an extended wrap-around porch at the front of the house
  • an outdoor community gathering space with granite slab tables.


FEES

  • A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission via the Submittable application platform.
  • FREE to apply for the first two weeks.
  • Franconia Alumni pay a reduced application fee of $15.
  • Applicants must pay a fee for each residency they apply for.


WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
About You

  • Artist Bio (150 words)
  • Artist Statement (250 words)
  • A one-sentence summary of your work plan (25 words)
  • A work plan (100 words)
  • How will your Artist Family benefit from this opportunity? (150 words)
  • Current Resume or CV
  • (2) References
  • (8) work samples


MEDIA SAMPLES
Eight media samples of work completed within the past five years, accepted formats:

  • Images (1MB each)
  • Videos (250MB each)
  • Audio (up to 30MB each)
  • PDF (up to 10 MB each)
  • Image Size: 1MB each, .jpegs, mp3, .mov, or .pdfs are preferred.
  • Each time-based work sample should be 3 - 5 minutes in length.
  • Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format, approximately one page in length.
  • Works in progress are allowed.
  • Omit multiple-page pdfs as one media sample.
  • Do not combine multiple images into one work sample.


APPLICATION REVIEW

  • After you submit your application at Submittable.com, you will receive an email confirming your submission.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals that may include artists, curators, academics, critics, and  Franconia staff representing organizational knowledge of the site and resources. The panel is directed to consider diverse lived social, cultural, racial, and ethnic experiences and art practices to represent the park.
  • Applicants applying for more than one opportunity will only be selected for one residency, decided by the panel or administration.


CRITERIA
Artists selected to exhibit:

  • the artistic excellence of Artist Parent
  • the impact potential of these opportunities for the Artist Family


Application Open: June 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022 | 11:59 PM CST
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 after that; $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $7500
Eligibility: International
Categories: sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance.
Location: Shafer, Minnesota
When:  Spring, May 15, 2023 - June 28, 2023 | Fall, August 16, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Total Artists Selected: 8
More Info: https://www.franconia.org/artist-opportunities/

The Franconia Fellowship supports mid-career artists working in sculpture and installation, including land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, and performance art.

Fellowships for artists making object-based work offer a self-directed residency and financial stipend to fabricate and install work for exhibition in the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. These fellows also stay on-site for up to six weeks within the timeframes offered; residency dates will be scheduled directly with the residency director.

Fellowships for artists working in performance offer dynamic professional opportunities including a stay of between 2-6 weeks at Franconia, including a one-week stay with Franconia partner Dreamsong Gallery, where these fellows will present a public program. Additionally, these fellows will have an opportunity to present their work for inclusion in the 2023 Satellite Art Show in Miami. Fair Director and performance art curator, Quinn Dukes, will conduct studio visits with artists during their residency at Franconia and discuss the feasibility of their projects at that time.

ANNUAL THEME
Public Art IS Public Health
Franconia has continued to safely host artist residencies throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, recognizing that many artists have lost personal and professional opportunities to thrive. Some have lost income and the potential to earn, while others have lost access to food, housing, and healthcare, impacting physical and mental health. Studies show that outdoor and public art can be especially beneficial for public health in five key areas: collective trauma, racism, mental health, social exclusion and isolation, and chronic disease. Access to public art is critical in supporting healthy communities. As such, for our 2023 season Franconia is asking ourselves, our artists, and our audiences how we can collectively move from individual solutions to collaborative acknowledgment and discussion of our bodily and mental well-being through the lens of public art.
ELIGIBILITY

  • Be 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history.
  • Stay up to six weeks.
  • Disciplines: sculpture and installation, including land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, and performance art.
  • International artists may apply.
  • Alumni may reapply.
  • Artists may be accompanied by a child or spouse with pre-approval and pending availability.
  • Artists interested in other residency opportunities will need to submit a separate application and accompanying application fee.

ARTIST BENEFITS

  • Fellows receive a $7500 stipend to create a finished work to be installed at Franconia Sculpture Park for up to two years.
  • Online studio visit with curator.
  • 10% discount at the Franconia Commons Gift Store
  • Access to the Twin Cities arts community
  • Able to return as an Alumni member

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Fellows are encouraged to fabricate work in advance before arrival.
  • Artists may stay 2-6 weeks on-site for installation/presentation.
  • Stipend use should include budgeting for travel and accommodations in Miami.
  • Artists give a public talk.
  • Fellows are responsible for the de-installation of work in consultation with the organization and by arrangement with the site manager.

THE ARTIST HOUSE

  • The artist stays on-site at the 4500 sq. ft. artist house.
  • Each artist receives a private bedroom and shares 2.5 shared bathrooms, two kitchens, and indoor common spaces for gathering.
  • WIFI + laundry facilities
  • Office space
  • Parking for personal vehicle

THE WORK PAD

  • Artists work outside and share space at a partially-covered 10,000 square foot work pad.
  • Each artist receives a work shed to store work or personal tools.

OUTDOOR SPACE
There are outside spaces to gather such as:

  • a large green lawn and walking paths placed throughout 50-acres of prairie made up of plants native to the region.
  • an extended wrap-around porch at the front of the house
  • an outdoor community gathering space with granite slab tables and benches for meals or workshops

APPLY
8 artists will be selected for Fellowship residencies and are asked to select residency session:
Spring 2023 Session
April 6, 2023 - June 15, 2023
Application Open: June 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022, 11:59 PM CST
Fall 2023 Session
September 7, 2023 - November 23, 2023
Application Open: June 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022, 11:59 PM CST
FEES

  • $25 non-refundable application fee via the Submittable platform.
  • FREE to apply for the first two weeks the application is open.
  • Alumni pay only a $15 application fee.
  • Collaboratives of two submit one application and pay one fee.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

  • Artist Statement (150 words)
  • Project Proposal (250 words)
  • One-sentence summary of the project (25 words)
  • Connection to Franconia’s site? (150 words)
  • How do you envision your work engaging local communities? (150 words)
  • How does your work relate to Franconia’s theme (150 words)
  • Project Budget
  • Current CV/Résume.
  • (2) References
  • (8) work samples
  • 8 media samples of work completed within the past five years, accepted formats:    
    • Images (1MB each)
    • Videos (250MB each)
    • Audio (up to 30MB each)
    • PDF (up to 10 MB each)
    • Image Size: 1MB each, .jpegs, mp3, .mov, or .pdfs are preferred.
    • Each time-based work sample should be 3 - 5 minutes in length.
    • Text-based media samples should be submitted in .pdf format, approximately one page in length.
    • Works in progress are allowed.
    • Omit multiple-page pdfs as one media sample.
    • Do not combine multiple images into one work sample.

     

APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

  1. After you submit your application at Submittable.com, you will receive an email confirming your submission.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by a panel composed of paid arts professionals that may include artists, curators, academics, and critics and one Franconia staff member to represent organizational knowledge of the site and resources. The panel will be directed to consider a diversity of lived experiences and practices to represent the park.
  3. The application panel will create a top-ranking artist pool.
  4. Applicants applying for more than one opportunity will only be selected for one residency, decided by the panel or administration.

CRITERIA
Artists selected are scored for:

  • artistic merit
  • a demonstrated connection to the site
  • have an interest in engaging with the community

Applications that relate directly to the curatorial theme may be prioritized.
PANELISTS
Forthcoming.

Franconia Sculpture Park