Sculpture Space Funded Residency Personal Statement



Franconia’s Artist Residency programs offer opportunities for artists to live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional
artwork all in one location. It is a unique opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to
accomplish BIG VISIONS, experience ARTISTIC GROWTH, and establish LIFELONG CONNECTIONS.

Franconia’s residency programs support up to 40 artists each year. The sculpture park and artists’ residence
is located on 43-acres in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, just 45 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA.
Artists with families may be eligible to receive additional funding to support their families during their
residency. Please contact Franconia for more information regarding this opportunity.

Life at Franconia
Watch our video to get a glimpse of life at Franconia and read our 
Residency Overview document to learn more about living and working at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Franconia Encourages All Artist Residents to    +

• Challenge themselves to achieve new visions
• Work on a larger scale generally unattainable in an indoor studio or exhibition space
• Engage with the public as they are creating new work

Benefits    +

• Spark future projects and collaboration
• Financial support for Fellowships
• Establish lifelong relationships
• Propel academic opportunities
• Develop invaluable professional networks
• Support for artists with families
• Room & board support for Intern Artists

Support for Artists with Families   +

Too often, creative pursuits are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. Franconia encourages parent artists to continue pursuing their creative passion and to apply for Franconia’s residency opportunities! Each year Franconia applies for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Residency Grant in order to make our residency opportunities more accessible and welcoming to artists with at least one dependent under the age of 18. Our goal is to financially assist artists with necessities of raising a family, for example: essential dependent care costs, childcare, enrichment programming, and/or travel costs for a family visit, etc. Please make sure to indicate your need of support on the Cover Sheet of your application as well as in your Project Budget. Any questions can be directed to Artists may also consider applying for individual awards through the Sustainable Arts Foundation. See application details here!

Artists Can Expect    +

• Communal living in a 9 bedroom farmhouse
• Access to basic groceries for cooking communal meals
• Studio space in a 7,000 square foot outdoor work area
• Access to heavy equipment necessary to produce large-scale work
• Technical advice available from experienced staff
• Time and space for meaningful peer feedback

Franconia Asks Residents Artists to    +

• Be prepared to work in an outdoor public setting where visitors are encouraged to ask questions and start
  conversations with artists
• Have appropriate personal safety equipment and tools necessary for each process being used
• Prepare and host an Artist Talk as way to grow professionally, and to provide insight into your artistic experience
  for fellow residents and park visitors
• Be prepared to live in a communal setting, where cooking and cleaning duties are shared.
• Resident artists complete all paperwork associated with the residency, including acceptance documents, and
  exit interview materials.

Other Franconia Artist Opportunities    +

Franconia is accepting exhibition proposals for our Minneapolis gallery, Franconia in the City @ Casket.
Franconia has an urban gallery and education space at theCasket Arts Community Complex in Northeast
Minneapolis at 1781 Jefferson St. NE. Franconia in the City @ Casket offers an outdoor sculpture
exhibition and exhibitions of two and three dimensional art in the 1,700 square foot indoor gallery space.
Click here
to learn more about artist opportunities at Franconia in the City @ Casket.

Accessibility Statement for Artists’   +

In the opportunity that an individual artist with a disability requires ADA accommodations to perform job duties at Franconia Sculpture Park appropriate accommodation and adjustments will be made to the job and work environment to allow the individual to perform job duties. Located adjacent to the park is the artistic director’s house, which has a separate apartment on the ground floor, which is fully accessible, including a large bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Additional accommodations may include usage of specialized equipment, facility adjustments, work schedule alterations, and modifications to job duties, in an effort to allow equal opportunity for all.
Franconia Sculpture Park is committed to the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in making its exhibitions, programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the ADA, Franconia does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its exhibitions, programs or services. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow qualified individuals with disabilities to participate in all of Franconia’s exhibitions, programs and services.

Franconia Sculpture Park provides golf cars for visitors and patrons with mobility impairments. This activity is made possible 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.
Thank you!

Eighteen to twenty artists are selected every year. The Sculpture Space Review Committee and a rotating guest panelist make the selections. Artists are notified in February/March of the panel’s decision. Primary criteria are quality, originality and potential for growth. 

Artists are requested to credit and acknowledge Sculpture Space when the work that they make here is subsequently exhibited or published, and to provide high quality images of their work for our website, archives, publications and grant applications. In addition, we require artists donate an artwork to be sold at our annual CHAIRity Art Auction, benefiting Sculpture Space programming.

The Residency

Residencies are scheduled between February and November, excluding December and January, with no more than five artists in residency at one time. Artists are expected to stay and work for a full two-month period. Residents have access to the studio 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are responsible for their own materials, specialized tools, fees for work done outside the premises, and for an assistant, should they require one. Residents typically spend approximately $1,000 per month on materials and expenses. A basic command of the English language is necessary. Bicycles are available for artists’ use; other transportation arrangements may be made with Sculpture Space staff if needed. Arrangements may be made with the Studio Manager for occasional assistance with transporting materials.

Sculpture Space’s Studio Manager will provide an introductory orientation session and can provide technical assistance as needed. Sculpture Space facilities and grounds can accommodate a great variety of projects, both in terms of materials and scale. The City of Utica and community are supportive of community-based site-specific work. The public is invited to quarterly Works-in-Progress Receptions; other visits occur by appointment. As desired, artists and arts professionals (including curators and writers) are invited for informal studio visits.

A personal visit to Sculpture Space is welcomed. Please call to make an appointment.

About Sculpture Space

Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its service to sculptors who come to Utica, NY to make new work. The program has helped advance the careers of over 550 national and international artists since 1976. Artists-in-residence have access to specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley to make sculpture on a scale which they otherwise might not afford, in a supportive environment conducive to experimentation. Work that is made and first seen in Utica is often exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks worldwide.


Housing is provided for free. Artists live in a Sculpture Space-owned residence located one block from the studio. Residents live in private, furnished bedrooms with shared fully-equipped kitchen, living space, two bathrooms and washer/dryer. Kitchen appliances include dishwasher, coffee makers, slow cooker, rice cookers, blenders and food processor. Artists are responsible for their own meals. Bed linens and towels are provided. No pets are allowed in the studio or the artists’ apartment.

The Studio

The studio is located in West Utica, close to downtown, in proximity to light industry and various fabrication shops. The collaborative environment of the studio and the communal aspects of the residence help foster dialogue, exchange of ideas, creative experimentation and both personal and professional connections. The facility consists of 5,500 square feet of open studio, and five foot private studios for special projects. The space is outfitted with concrete floors, a two ton system of traveling hoists, and extra wide overhead doors. The studio and house have wireless access; artists may borrow available digital equipment. The ¾ acres of land surrounding the building can supplement indoor studio space in the summer. An outdoor work pad is equipped with a 50' monorail hoist. Artists should bring their own goggles, hand tools and specialized equipment. For a complete list of available tools and equipment, please see the Facilities and Equipment page. 


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