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 Shafer, 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.
WHAT WE DO
Franconia offers a place where artists live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional artwork in one location. Artists push themselves to achieve new visions at Franconia, beyond what they ever thought possible. Each artist undergoes a transformation at Franconia, leaving with a renewed focus, new skills, and lifelong connections.
From our Kids Make Sculpture workshops, to the annual Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour, to our art-making workshops for underserved youth, to the Art & Artists Celebration, we offer stimulating programs that engage learners of all ages. We open doors of new expression by exposing many to three-dimensional artwork for the first time.
Access to the Arts
Every day of the year, Franconia provides free access to an expansive, ever-changing exhibition of over 120 sculptures that inspire, challenge, and delight audiences.