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
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
- 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.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
- 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.
- After you submit your application at Submittable.com, you will receive an email confirming your submission.
- 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.
- The application panel will create a top-ranking artist pool.
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.
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.
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.
Housing & Accomodation
Studio & Facilities
Each private room has a desk/table to work. There is also an additional office with a printer for use on the main floor.