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Franconia Sculpture Park is free and open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year 43 acres of mowed and gravel paths Email:
43 acres of mowed and gravel paths Phone: 651-257-6668
105 large-scale sculpture to explore Address: 29836 St. Croix
3 accessible public rest rooms
Trail,Shafer, MN 55074
2 golf-carts for those needing assistance Need Directions?
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Franconia Sculpture Park operates with the objective to make its exhibition, programs and services accessible to all people, including individuals with disabilities.
• At Franconia, the grounds are flat with gravel and mowed pathways.
• All trails are accessible by electrically powered chairs, some trails are strenuous for manual wheel chairs.
• A four-seat golf cart and a six-seat golf cart are available upon request for those requiring mobility assistance touring the sculptures exhibition or programs.
• The parking and information facilities are physically accessible for those with mobility impairments, in accordance with the ADA.
• In addition, there are 3 accessible public rest rooms.

East Central ArtsThe accessibility vehicles are made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Franconia Sculpture Park Contacts
John Hock

John Hock   +

Artistic Director & CEO

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With a group of visionary artists, John co-founded Franconia Sculpture Park in 1996 and continues to serve Franconia as the Artistic Director and CEO where he oversees board relations, fundraising, program development, planning and evaluation, and financial management. With John’s leadership, Franconia’s artist residency and community programs have grown from a fledgling nonprofit into a professional arts organization.

In 2010, John established Franconia in the City @ Casket, an outdoor sculpture park and 1,700 square foot Gallery and Education Space at the Casket Arts Community Complex in Northeast Minneapolis. John also serves as Chief Curator and Manager for the City of St. Paul’s Western Sculpture Park for Public Art St. Paul. John also helped found the City of Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park in Poughkeepsie, NY. He serves in an advisory capacity for several American sculpture parks, including Josephine Sculpture Park (KY) and Salem Art Works (NY), and on the Advisory Board of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art.

As a professional artist, Mr. Hock has large-scale abstract sculptures in collections and public sculpture parks around the United States and England. In recognition of his work as a sculptor, educator, curator, and arts administrator, Mr. Hock has received numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, McKnight Individual Artist Grant, Athena Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.
Mindy Breva

Mindy Breva  +

Development Manager

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Mindy serves in the Development Manager position, developing and implementing fundraising initiatives, securing programmatic and operating revenue, cultivating prospective funders, managing funder relationships, engaging the board in fundraising, and conducting program evaluation activities. Ms. Breva is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with a background of progressive experience in nonprofit development. She holds a BA degree from Metropolitan State University where she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Nonprofit and Public Administration degree.

Tony Zappa  +

Site Manager

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Tony Zappa received his BFA in Sculpture & Ceramics from the University of Minnesota Duluth after two years of engineering studies. During his final year of college, Tony joined forces with a few other artists to found two galleries in Duluth. The first was a phantom gallery built into a gutted bakery and housed two group exhibitions before being bought out, and the second is a permanent, artist built and operated, gallery called Prøve Gallery on North Lake Ave. While running the gallery, Tony expanded his body of work using a mix of material exploration and his engineering background. Starting in the fall of 2015, he began working on large-scale public installations including work for Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI; Grinnell Art Center and Grin City collective in Grinnell, IA; and now Franconia Sculpture Park. Tony’s sculpture takes familiar shapes and places like gazebos and fishing docks and transforms or transplants them in unfamiliar ways to reinforce or challenge the way we have come to remember them. Tony also has a love of cooking, a desire to learn and teach everything he can, and a proclivity for challenging work. There is no known relation to rockstar, Frank Zappa, but we don’t judge him for it.
Paul Howe

Paul Howe  +

Site Manager Contractor

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Paul Howe works as a contractor for Franconia in various program capacities. Paul was born on Long Island, NY to a mason of a father and a chef and an entrepreneur of a mother in 1987. He received his BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh and his MFA from UNC Greensboro. He has been making large scale outdoor sculpture for almost a decade now, and has exhibited it widely from the eastern banks of the Mississippi to the shores of the Atlantic. He has worked at Elsewhere Museum as the Building Curator, and has a long history of working at the sculpture park. He is a consummate maker and fixer of all things large and small, loves to share his knowledge and skills, and loves a challenge.
Loretta Draths

Loretta Draths  +

Office Manager

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Loretta Draths has been the Office Manager at Franconia Sculpture Park since 2006. After attending Macalester College as a Studio Arts major, Loretta pursued painting and printmaking, as well as various positions in the business sector (by that we mean waitressing, selling insurance, sign painting, organic market gardening, tour guiding). Her artistic talents make her Franconia’s graphic design and marketing expert, where she spearheads our print & digital presence. Her experience in nonprofit management includes 7+ years with the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, MN, and partnership in a nonprofit publishing company, Living Justice Press, from 2002 to the present. Her spirit animal is definitely a bear.
Shelby Matula

Shelby Matula  +

Education & Program Coordinator

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As Program and Education Coordinator, Shelby serves in Franconia’s senior program role. She possesses progressive experience in community programming including positions at the Duluth YMCA and the Mill City Museum. Shelby has worked with various organizations in internship and residency roles including the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Tweed Museum of Art & Glensheen Estate, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the Richfield Historical Society. She earned a BA in Art History (University of MN-Duluth) and a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management (St. Mary’s University). She has an interest in creating unique guest experiences and loves researching ways to add pizzazz to programs.
Rebecca Tishman

Rebecca Tishman  +

Program Assistant Contractor

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Becca Cerra works at the intersection of visual and performing arts combining elements of sculpture with that of contemporary dance and partner acrobatics to create a unique hybrid art form. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women. She has been recognized for her outstanding leadership skills and is currently contracted by Franconia Sculpture Park to offer administrative and programming assistance.
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