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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: info@franconia.org
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.
Joy Fusco

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Office Manager

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Biography: Joy came to Franconia in February 2016 by way of the Wildlife Science Center, a nonprofit, science-based education and research facility existing to increase the awareness of ecosystem conservation of, on, and about wild predatory animals including bears, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats and birds of prey but primarily wolves. At Franconia, Joy is in charge of managing administrative, accounting, and business activities. She has more than 20 years experiences in nonprofit management and 10+ years in for-profit management with organizations such as the Clinical Research Institute, Harbinger Industries, Fredrikson & Byron PA, and Horst Salons. With her darling family she lives on a 20-acre hobby farm in Shafer, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

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Development and Communications Manager

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Cole gained resource and grants management experience working just across the river as the youth services librarian in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, before coming on at FSP at the beginning of 2016. A champion for kids and creativity, Cole received the Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries, and Communities Award in 2014 from the State of Wisconsin for her dedication to social equality and collaboration. She earned a BFA in Intermedia and a BA in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa, and is working toward her MBA in Integrated Marketing Communications at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Cole has lived and worked in the St. Croix Valley since 2009. Cole serves as the Development & Communications Manager, helping Franconia secure programmatic and operating revenue and writing content, directing social media, and designing planning documents that enhance FSP’s marketing communications.

Loretta Draths

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Marketing and Design Manager

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Loretta Draths was the Office Manager at Franconia Sculpture Park from 2006 to

2016. She currently designs, produces and coordinates digital and print marketing materials for the park. 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 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.

Rebecca Tishman

Kendra Douglas  +

Education and Program Coordinator

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As Program and Education Coordinator, Kendra serves in Franconia’s senior program position. She attended Northern Kentucky University and earned a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art Education. Kendra completed an internship at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, worked as an artist assistant for the African Arts Institute at NKU, and held a post baccalaureate teaching assistantship in sculpture at Bucknell University. Kendra has been an active leader in an international peace education organization called CISV where she led youth to Denmark, Mexico, and Barcelona to engage in multicultural peace education experiences. Kendra completed her student teaching in 2012, teaching at Pinewood American International School in Thessaloniki, Greece.  Kendra was an intern artist at Franconia in the fall of 2015. After her internship at FSP she filled the roll of the Program Assistant until assuming the position of the Program and Education Coordinator.

Hugh

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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.
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Richelle Soper  +

Program Assistant Contractor

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Richelle Soper received her BFA from SUNY Plattsburg in 2013, and completed her MFA from UNC Greensboro in 2016 under the Holderness Fellowship.  As a mixed media artist working predominately in ceramics and sculpture, she has worked extensively as both a studio technician and teacher for a wide range of students both in and out of the university setting.  Richelle has participated in several residency programs, including Salem Art Works, Watershed and Franconia Sculpture Park.  With a practice focused on material relationships between industrial objects and natural elements, she creates humorous sculpture that highlights often overlooked absurdities.  And everything gets done in a party dress.