Franconia Sculpture Park
Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia was founded in 1996 by a small group of professional artists, including current Artistic Director/CEO John Hock, who envisioned a supportive artist residency community and open-air sculpture laboratory accessible to all. Today, this vision has been achieved through an active artist residency program that serves 40 artists each year and arts learning programming that serves over 100,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.
Through our artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Franconia, MN. Franconia also provides artists the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. We foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.
To provide physically and intellectually wide-open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process.
We envision a place unlike any other: where artists may get fresh perspectives on their work during informal conversation; where a visitor may learn the context for an artwork directly from its creator; and where there are numerous opportunities for these kinds of spontaneous connections to happen in a welcoming and wide-open environment. The spark of these connections fosters deep engagement in our programs by artists and audiences alike - and adds to the vibrancy and quality of life of surrounding communities. Interactions among artist, artwork, and audience transform into a greater awareness of the world we live in, build an understanding for diverse perspectives, and inspire creativity.
What We Do +
Did you know Franconia manages an active artist residency where artists live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional artwork in a singular location? Artists complete ambitious projects, pushing themselves to achieve new visions beyond what they ever thought possible. While at Franconia, artists acquire new skills, develop their artistic practice, and explore new creative directions. Since our founding in 1996, Franconia has supported nearly 800 national and international visual artists.
We open doors of new expression for community members of all ages and abilities who engage and learn directly with artists-in-residence through stimulating arts learning programs. Our guided exhibition tours, art-making workshops, cast metal sculpture demonstrations, diverse cultural programming, symposia, and gallery exhibitions serve over 12,000 participants each year.
Access to the Arts
Every day, Franconia provides the community free access to an expansive, ever-changing exhibition of over 100 sculptures and the opportunity to engage directly with artists-in-residence. We are continually installing new work that inspires, challenges, and delights audiences. Franconia in the City @ Casket gallery and satellite sculpture park furthers our mission by engaging people from the Twin Cities close to home.
2014: Year In Review from Franconia Sculpture Park on Vimeo.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Amy McKinney, Chair
Philanthropist and Community Volunteer
C. Fuller Cowles
Elizabeth D. Hlavka
Herman Milligan, Jr.
Nicholas P. Slade
|Gar Hargens, Vice Chair
Principal, Close Associates Inc., Architects
|Dorothy Goldie, Vice Chair
Director, Institutional Advancement,
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
|Erik Janssen, Treasurer
Fixed Income, RBC Wealth Management
|Tamsie Ringler, Secretary
Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundry, University of MN
Business Director, Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
Research Psychologist, Anthem
Owner, California Building Co.
Curator, Weisman Art Museum
Counselor, Educator, and Philanthropist