About

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Franconia Sculpture Park is a vibrant artist residency and nonprofit arts organization located in the St. Croix River Valley region of east central Minnesota. Through the artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging and mid-career 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 with the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN.

Franconia offers an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, many of which you can touch, feel, and experience. Within our playful environment, you will discover serious art at work and artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.

MISSION
To provide physically and intellectually wide-open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process.

VISION
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

Artist Development
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 735 national and international visual artists.

Arts Learning
We open doors of new expression for community members of all ages and abilities who engage and learn directly with artists at Franconia through stimulating arts learning programs. Our guided tours, art-making workshops, cast metal sculpture demonstrations, diverse cultural programming, symposia, and gallery exhibitions serve over 10,000 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADVISORY BOARD
Josine Peters, Chair
Counselor, Educator, and Philanthropist
Tom Borrup
C. Fuller Cowles
Rico Gatson
Libby Hlavka
Tasha Hock
Su-Chen Hung
Jon Isherwood
Chris Larson
Herman Milligan, Jr.
Douglas Padilla
William Ransom
Nicholas P. Slade
Gar Hargens, Vice Chair
Principal, Close & Associates Architecture
Dorothy Goldie, Vice Chair
Director, Institutional Advancement,
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Erik Janssen, Treasurer
Fixed Income, RBC Wealth Management
Amy McKinney, Secretary
Philanthropist and Community Volunteer
John Joachim,
Business Director, Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
Davis Klaila
Research Psychologist, Wellpoint
Ronald Kopeska
Attorney
John Kremer
Owner,California Building Co.
Diane Mullin
Curator, Weisman Art Museum
Tamsie Ringler
Assistant Professor of Sculpture, St. Catherine University;
Visual Artist

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