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Franconia Sculpture Park

Emerging Artist-in-Residence

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Residency / Fellowship
Category: Artist fellowship / artist-in-residence
Deadline: November 15, 2020

City: Shafer, MN
Stipend: 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.
Is this a remote / work from home position?: No

Opportunity description

Franconia Sculpture Park logo in an orange-to-red gradated boxAPPLICATIONS LIVE! 2021 FELLOWSHIP

Deadline To Apply: November 15, 2020

Entry Fee: $25; $15 for Alumni
: Scholarships Available!
sculpture, land art, ceramics, contemporary craft, experimental sound/music, socially engaged art, multidisciplinary art, installation, and performance.
Shafer, Minnesota
April 7 – June 4, 2021; June 16 – Aug 20, 2021; Sept 8 – Nov 20, 2021
Total Emerging Artists Selected:

Where to Apply:


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, an artist-in- residence work-exchange 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. 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.

For 25 years, Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a long-running 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 Residents. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support nearly 1000 artists to date. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists, are invited to apply and the application is open to local, national, and internationally based artists. Emerging Artist Residents have the opportunity to create public artwork, develop their artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional Fellowship artists-in-residence, and participate in public engagement programs. The rural setting and the chance to work alongside peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators creates a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative exchange model.


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


– 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


– 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 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 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,
– 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

Qualifications or requirements


– 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.

How to apply


After you submit your application at, 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 4 – 5 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, Authority, Visibility, and Public Space.

Asuka Hisa (Los Angeles) director of education and engagement, Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Alex Priest (Chicago) independent curator + assistant curator, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial; Risa Puleo (Chicago) curator and Ph.D. candidate, Northwestern University; Joan Vordebruggen (Minneapolis) director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement for Hennepin Theatre Trust

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

● 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 in mid-December.