Snow falling outside at Franconia Sculpture Park

Snow falling outside at Franconia Sculpture Park

Exterior of snowy prairie and instsallation at Franconia

Exterior of snowy prairie and instsallation at Franconia

Representative image of a private bedroom at Franconia

Representative image of a private bedroom at Franconia

Interior of dining area

Interior of dining area

Open seating plan of main floor

Open seating plan of main floor

Exterior shot of Artist House and surrounding grounds at Franconia

Exterior shot of Artist House and surrounding grounds at Franconia

Exterior shot of long prairie grass

Exterior shot of long prairie grass

Writers Residency

Shafer, MN, United States

January 11 - 25, 2023  | October 11 - 25, 2023

Seven accomplished writers will join the Writers Residency program at Franconia Sculpture Park in 2023. Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. Writers will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work. Residents with an interest or practice in art writing will have the possibility to publish a piece with Mn Artists, the Walker Museum’s platform for interdisciplinary arts writing. Writers are invited to participate in an online public reading.


29836 St Croix Trail N
Shafer, MN 55074
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
s - 2 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Literary Nonfiction
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Give artist talk or presentation
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Research support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Additional Eligibility Information


  • A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission via the Submittable application platform. 
  • The fee is waived for the first two weeks (June 1 – June 15).
  • Alumni pay a reduced application fee of $15. 
  • Applicants must pay a fee for each residency they apply for. 
  • Collaboratives of two submit one application and pay one fee.
  • Collaborators may attend together to work on a shared project – we are unable to provide additional stipends to collaborators. 


  • Professional Bio (150 words)
  • A one-sentence summary of the work plan (25 words)
  • Work Plan (250 words)
  • Current CV
  • (2) References
  • Work samples


  • Curators should submit up to two pages of exhibition text. 
  • Scholars should submit a published journal article.
  • Arts writers should submit a published review or article.
  • Fiction + Non-Fiction writers should submit 5 pages.
  • Poets should submit two poems.
  • Text-based samples should be submitted in .pdf format
  • Works in progress are allowed. 


  1. After you submit your application at Submittable.comyou will receive an email confirming your submission. 
  2. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals that may include artists, curators, academics, and critics and one Franconia staff member to represent organizational knowledge of the site and resources. The panel will be directed to consider a diversity of lived experiences and practices to represent the park.
  3. The application panel will create a top-ranking artist pool.
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
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?
Partially Accessible
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Sarah Buezis
Accessibility Contact Email
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. 

Companion and/or caregivers can be provided onsite housing. 

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
Housing available
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

Each private room has a desk/table to work. There is also an additional office with a printer for use on the main floor.

Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)