Exterior shot of Artist House and surrounding grounds at Franconia.

Exterior shot of Artist House and surrounding grounds at Franconia.

Exterior shot of 50 acres of native prairie at Franconia.

Exterior shot of 50 acres of native prairie at Franconia.

Pink Sunset at Franconia.

Pink Sunset at Franconia.

Exterior shot of Rachel Frank sculpture surrounded by long grass at Franconia.

Exterior shot of Rachel Frank sculpture surrounded by long grass at Franconia.

Representative image of artist private room

Representative image of artist private room

Long dining room table

Long dining room table

Open seating and dining space.

Open seating and dining space.

Mid-Career Fellowship Residency

Shafer, MN, United States

May 15 - June 28, 2023  |  August 16 - September 30, 2023

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 $7500 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 include a $7500 stipend and dynamic professional opportunities. Residents will stay for 2 to 6 weeks at Franconia followed by a one-week stay in Minneapolis with Franconia partner Dreamsong, where 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.
Contact

29836 St Croix Trail N
Shafer, MN 55074
United States

Year Founded
1996
Context
Rural
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
3 weeks - 3 months
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
9
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Discipline
Sculpture
Installation Arts
Performance Art
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Mid-career
Established
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Inspiration from natural environment
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
8
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
100
Artist Stipend
7500
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
25
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Pre-orientation
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
ADA Compliant
Additional Accessibility Information

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. If you believe you need an accommodation, refer any such request to the Executive Director. Franconia will also, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations for a resident's religious beliefs or practices. 

 

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Housing available on campus
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Sarah Buezis
Accessibility Contact Email
sarah@franconia.org
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

Franconia Sculpture Park offers a full range of accessibility options for all public programs, and our accessibility coordinator, Sarah Buezis, is able to be reached by those requiring additional assistance during M-F business hours. 

We provide an ASL interpreter for all "Performance @ Franconia" events and can provide translator services with funds from Springboard for the Arts for hearing-impaired artists-in-residence.

All of our sculpture labels include QR codes for those that may be audio or visually impaired, which includes additional material such as insights from the artists, performance art at the site of the work, or music inspired by those works. 

We provide closed captioning for all of our online "Dinner & Discussion" lectures and live streaming events and are currently working on an audio digital map of the park that includes additional AR components that can be accessed by those who might not otherwise be physically able to access the park or programs. 

Food sensitivities and allergies are accommodated by providing specifically-requested groceries. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Franconia Sculpture Park's 50 acres are fully accessible through a series of trap rock paths that can be traversed via a motorized wheelchair. 

Franconia also offers two motorized carts for those who require additional mobility assistance. 

Our newly opened Franconia Commons Visitor Center is fully accessible, with ample egress for all public spaces, low countertops for individuals in wheelchairs, and artwork that is hung at a level to accommodate people of various abilities. 

Our gender-neutral restrooms are also fully accessible, and our two water fountains are able to be accessed by those requiring a wheelchair. 

Further, Franconia Commons now has an indoor studio and classroom space that can be utilized by those with a variety of abilities, and clear directional signage can be found throughout the building and park grounds. 

Franconia's office space also is physically accessible to the general public and all employees that may require additional mobility assistance.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The overall campus is ADA compliant but there are sections of the park where paths cross.

The basement level and upper floor of the Artist House are accessible only by staircase.

We provide additional accessibility options for artists-in-residence who may not be able to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as flexible residency schedules and virtual residencies.

 

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Meals Provided
Groceries provided for residents to prepare their own meals
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

The Fellow-in-Residence is given time and funds to fabricate their work off-site. Fellows may stay at the park for up to six weeks to accommodate their installation.

Studios/Special Equipment
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Gas/Oxy Torches
Acetylene/Air Torches
Washer And Dryer
Tablesaw
Other
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
N/A
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Additional Studio Information

The 10,000 sq. ft work pad is outdoors and only partially covered.