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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.
• There are two 4-seater golf carts available upon request for those needing assistance touring our exhibition or attending our 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.

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.

Hugh Condrey Bryant  +

Site Manager

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Hugh Condrey Bryant is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his course of study he received two degrees. The first, a BFA in Art Design and the second, a BFA in Theatre Set Design and Construction. His main mode of practice is in sculpture, though digital design, hand drafting, book art, and color studies are also passions. Within his work he strives to find a balance in form following function while also exploring different dichotomies within that dialogue. His beard has earned him an honorary designation of professor first class. Hugh works in close partnership with Paul Howe to manage intern artist’s development, and acts as technical advisors for resident artists while living at Franconia.
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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Rebecca currently serves as a contractor for Franconia serving various Program roles. Rebecca is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working primarily in metal, wood, performance, and installation. Her current focus and passion lies in blacksmithing and performance. She practices acroyoga and partner acrobatics, incorporating movement-based activity into her art practice. She is concerned with emotions, psychological development, and the way the mind works. 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 combatting violence against women.
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