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Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Fellowship 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: $5000
Is this a remote / work from home position?: No

Opportunity description

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

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2020 | 11:59 PM CST
Entry Fee: $25; Alumni $15
Stipend: $5000
Type: Fellowship Artist Residency
Eligibility: International
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


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.

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. Franconia 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 a café, gift shop, and exhibition space.

● 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

● 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
● Fellows participate in an Artist Talk

● 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
● Fellows pay Room & Board fees of $15/day while at Franconia which contributes to house management

Qualifications or requirements


● 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.

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.