Applications are $25; Alumni pay $15


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 43-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 150,000 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 woodshop with dedicated equipment for sculptural fabrication, a shared flex space, a Skutt kiln with Zone 10 capability, and access to public spaces at Franconia Commons; including indoor flex space, café, shop, and exhibition space. 

Priority will be given to applicants who explore our 2021 theme, Authority, Visibility, and Public Space

There are two artist-in-residence opportunities: a Fellowship Residency and an Emerging Artist Residency.


2021 APPLICATION REVIEW PANELISTS

Asuka Hisa (Los Angeles) director of education and engagement, Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Alex Priest (Chicago) independent curator; Risa Puleo (Chicago) independent curator; Joan Vordebruggen (Minneapolis) director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement for Hennepin Theatre Trust

Panelist bios here.


Entry Fee: $25; Alumni $15

Type:  2021 Fellowship Residency

Eligibility: International

Stipend: $5000

Categories: sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and/or performance.

Location: Shafer, Minnesota 

When: Start Dates: April 7, 2021; June 16, 2021; September 8, 2021

Total Artists Selected: 8-10


The Franconia Fellowship supports emerging, mid-career and established artists, and is open to local, national, and internationally based artists. We provide time, space, and resources for artists towards the development, production, and installation of their work. 

Find out more about the Franconia Fellowship Residency Application at franconia.org/fellowship-application/

The deadline is November 15. 


2021 APPLICATION REVIEW PANELISTS

Asuka Hisa (Los Angeles) director of education and engagement, Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Alex Priest (Chicago) independent curator; Risa Puleo (Chicago) independent curator; Joan Vordebruggen (Minneapolis) director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement for Hennepin Theatre Trust

Panelist bios here.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Be 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history. 
  • Stay for a minimum of three weeks to three months.
  • Multiple disciplines are accepted, 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.
  • 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. 


ASSISTANCE

  • Fellows receive a $5000 stipend to create a finished work to be installed or presented at Franconia Sculpture Park for up to two years
  • Professional development opportunities such as: access to visiting curators; studio visits, field trips; public talks; workshops; and the potential to revisit Franconia as an alumni member
  • Technical training
  • Production Support by Emerging Artist Residents upon request and pending availability
  • Production Support by Site Managers upon request and pending availability
  • Access to the Twin Cities arts community


EXPECTATIONS

  • Fellows complete work for installation or presentation at the sculpture park 
  • Provide mentorship and instruction to Emerging Artist Residents who participate in our work-exchange residency
  • Prepare a communal dinner for the other residents once a week
  • Room & Board fees of $15/day while at Franconia which contributes to house management
  • Fellows participate in an Artist Talk


FEES 

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


APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

After you submit your application at Submittable.com, you will receive an email confirming your submission. Residency applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals that may include artists, curators, academics, and/or critics, as well as one Franconia staff member to represent organizational knowledge of site and resources. The review process takes 12 – 15 weeks from the application deadline, and notifications are emailed soon after. Applicants applying for more than one opportunity will be selected for one residency only, decided by the panel or administration. Artists selected exhibit artistic excellence, a demonstrated connection to the site, and have an interest in engaging with the community. Priority will be given to applicants who explore our 2021 theme of Authority, Visibility, and Public Space.


REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Artist Statement (250 words)
  • Project Proposal (500 words)
  • (1-2) Images to support your proposal
  • (8) Portfolio work samples
  • Project Budget
  • CV
  • (2) References with contact details


PORTFOLIO

  • 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
  • Do not include multiple-page pdfs as one media sample
  • Do not combine multiple images into one work sample

***Notifications to applicants will be made via email on December 17, 2020. 


Franconia strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender (includes gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, familial status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. All Franconia employees, other workers, and representatives are prohibited from engaging in, encouraging, and aiding in unlawful discrimination. Franconia complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and all applicable state or local law. 

Emerging Artist Residency 

For 24 years, Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a nationally recognized work-exchange model that equally cares for artists and organizational sustainability. While offering professional support and growth to emerging artists, reciprocally, the 43-acre sculpture park receives site and operational support with the help of Emerging Artist Residency. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support nearly 1000 artists to date.

The Emerging Artist Residency Program supports undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists, and is open to local, national, and internationally based artists. Artists have the opportunity to create public artwork, develop their artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, and participate in public engagement programs. The rural setting and the chance to work along-side peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators creates a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative atmosphere.

Complete details about the Franconia Fellowship Application can be found at franconia.org/fellowship-application/

Scholarships are available dependent upon funding.

Deadline to Apply is November 15, 2020.


2021 APPLICATION REVIEW PANELISTS

Asuka Hisa (Los Angeles) director of education and engagement, Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Alex Priest (Chicago) independent curator; Risa Puleo (Chicago) independent curator; Joan Vordebruggen (Minneapolis) director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement for Hennepin Theatre Trust

Panelist bios here.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
  • Artists must be 21 years of age or older during the time of residency.
  • Artists must be U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa.
  • Multiple disciplines are accepted, 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.
  • Alumni must participate in the full application process. 
  • Artists must be able to present proof of health insurance for Franconia Sculpture Park records. 


LENGTH + NUMBER OF RESIDENCIES AVAILABLE:

  • Between 10-15 artists will be selected for the year. Emerging Artist Residents must stay for the entire length of the residency and arrival and departure dates are firm. Emerging Artist Residents are asked to choose from the following residency dates:
  • Spring: April 5 – June 12
  • Summer: June 14 – August 14
  • Fall: August 16 – November 20


ASSISTANCE

  • Professional development opportunities such as: access to visiting curators; studio visits, field trips; public talks; workshops; and the potential to revisit Franconia as an alumni member
  • Technical training
  • Production Support from site managers upon request and pending availability
  • Access to the Twin Cities arts community


EXPECTATIONS

  • Selected Emerging Artists are invited to create a work of art to be included in the rotating outdoor exhibition at Franconia Sculpture Park for at least eight months. 
  • In exchange for housing, meals, and studio space, Emerging Artists commit to working for Franconia Sculpture Park from 830am to 1pm, five days a week plus occasional events, up to 30 hours a week. Additional time off will be granted on a case-by-case basis for personal and sick days. Daily chores may include: gardening; repairing artwork; assisting with public programs; giving park tours to visitors; housecleaning; and miscellaneous activities assigned, etc.
  • Assist Fellowship Artists with their work in exchange for mentorship and learning new skills. This includes, but is not limited to: assisting with fabrication; site preparation; and installation. 
  • Prepare a communal dinner for the other residents once a week. All residents must meet nightly for a communal dinner. 


FEES 

  • A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission via the Submittable application platform. Applicants must pay a fee for each residency type they apply for. Alumni pay a reduced application fee of $15. 
  • A refundable $250 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.
  • Artists in financial need may request support at the time of application, outlining their need, and providing a copy of previous years reported gross salary income. Financial aid is limited and not guaranteed.  


APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS

After you submit your application at Submittable.com, you will receive an email confirming your submission. Residency applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals that may include artists, curators, academics, and/or critics, as well as one Franconia staff member to represent organizational knowledge of site and resources. The review process takes 12 – 15 weeks from the application deadline and notifications are emailed soon after. Applicants applying for more than one opportunity will be selected for one residency only, decided by the panel or administration. Artists selected exhibit artistic excellence, a demonstrated connection to the site, and have an interest in engaging with the community. 

Priority will be placed on applicants who explore our 2021 theme of Public Space, Visibility, and Access.


REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Statement of Purpose (100 words)
  • Project Proposal (250 words)
  • Artist Statement (250 words)
  • (1-2) Images to support your project proposal
  • (8) work samples
  • Project Budget
  • Current CV
  • (2) References and contact details


PORTFOLIO

  • 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. 
  • Do not include multiple-page pdfs as one media sample. 
  • Do not combine multiple images into one work sample. 


Notifications to applicants will be made via email on December 17, 2020. 


Franconia strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender (includes gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, familial status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Additionally, Franconia complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and all applicable state or local law. 

Franconia Sculpture Park