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 180,000 annual visitors.
We support sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance. 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 artist work sheds.
Opened in 2020, Franconia Commons includes the Driscoll Education Center for community workshops, a gift shop, and the Mardag Gallery.
Visit our website for up-to-date public programs such as Film@Franconia or Music@Franconia at our Earthen Outdoor Amphitheater.
For our 26th residency year, Franconia Sculpture Park is encouraging applicants with an interest in work rooted in our theme, Land Art & Temporality. This addresses the intersection of art and ecology, including but not limited to: performance; sound art; public interventions; site-specific and ephemeral installation; the rural and natural landscape; earthworks; collaborative works with nature; indigenous history and storytelling; and land and water rights. While you're not required to address the theme, applicants who do may be prioritized.
Application Fees: $25 | $15 Alumni
* Fees will be adjusted through the application process.
Open Call for Proposals
4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial
Franconia Sculpture Park, in partnership with Arts Midwest, is launching 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial—a far-reaching initiative spanning four states and tribal lands of the Upper Midwest. Scheduled to take place Summer 2022, this site-specific festival will raise awareness around important land and water issues while celebrating the art and land of the rural Midwest. Presented and planned in collaboration with tribal organizations, art museums, and land conservationists from the public and private sector, 4Ground is designed to boost tourism of the region through suggested road trips to experience site-specific land art created by renowned contemporary artists and community-based collectives. 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial is a project of Franconia Sculpture Park, in partnership with Arts Midwest.
About Arts Midwest Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Arts Midwest believes that creativity has the power to inspire and unite humanity. Based in Minneapolis, we grow, gather, and invest in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. One of six nonprofit United States Regional Arts Organizations, our history spans more than 35 years. We are guided by a mission that centers creativity, leadership, and Midwestern communities, and by a set of values that are rooted in equity, trust, and learning. Please visit us at www.artsmidwest.org.
Raising awareness around land, water, and cultural issues
Rather than perpetuating the Eurocentric tradition of land art that seeks to control and manipulate the earth, artists’ work will be grounded in a feminist, indigenous perspective, drawing on the 10,000+ year tradition of Native land art. 4Ground will take place across North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and will include public programs to activate each site throughout June, July and August of 2022 with some of the foremost thinkers and creators of the land art movement.
All works will serve to punctuate the landscape, encouraging people to look—and ultimately see—more. Visitors will experience the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, the scenic bluffs of the St. Croix Valley region dividing Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the sprawling prairies, fertile farmland, and glacial lakes dominating most of the region, including a site-specific sound installation amidst floating islands. Virtual components will guide viewers through the history of the land and people that have inhabited the Upper Midwest for thousands of years, highlighting some of the oldest natural land formations in the United States created by receding glaciers. Print and online materials will also raise awareness of historic land art created by Native peoples in the region, some of which will be temporarily recreated by artists participating in 4Ground.
Application Opens: October 25, 2021
Submission Deadline: December 30, 2021 | 11:59 PM CST
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 after that; $15 Franconia Alumni
Categories: sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance.
When: Work must remain on public view from June - August 2022
- Selected artists must have work that is able to remain on public view from June-August 2022.
- Selected artists will receive a minimum $5000 artist stipend that must also go towards artwork production. Some production support and funds may be available on a case-by-case basis on the selected site.
- All participating sites will be confirmed by October 2021, and a complete list of participating artists, projects, and locations will be announced in March 2022.
- Visit 4Ground for more information, project updates, and open call information.
- Be 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history.
- Disciplines including but not limited to, sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance.
- Small collaborative groups of two may apply with one designated lead. Collaboratives must combine shared professional experience into one resume with both artists listed.
- International artists may apply.
- Alumni are welcome to reapply.
- A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission via the Submittable application platform.
- The first two weeks the application is open are FREE to apply.
- Alumni pay a reduced application fee of $15.
- Collaboratives of two submit one application and pay one fee.
What We Need from You
- A one-sentence summary of the project (25 words)
- Phone/email/website/birthdate/place of birth
- Artist Statement (150 words)
- Artist Bio
- Project Proposal for 4Ground (250 words)
- 1-2 Proposal Images
- (5) work samples of work completed within the past five years, accepted formats:
- Project Budget
- Approximate timeline for installation/production
- Current CV or Résume.
- (2) References
- 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
- 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, and critics and one Franconia staff member.
- Artists will be selected for sites by the 4Ground committee comprised of all sites and curators.
Artists selected are scored for:
- artistic merit
- a demonstrated connection to the site
- have an interest in engaging with the community