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Franconia Sculpture Park Artist in Residence Applications Open

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

Open-Call Applications Live!

Applications Open: June 1, 2021
Applications Close: August 1, 2021
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 / $15 Franconia Alumni

Franconia Sculpture Park 2022 Artist-in-Residence applications are now open! There are two new exciting opportunities for Artist Families and Writers.

For information on all residencies please visit: https://www.franconia.org/artist-opportunities/

For their 26th residency year, Franconia Sculpture Park is encouraging applicants with an interest in work rooted in the intersection of art and ecology, including but not limited to: performance; sound art; public interventions; site-specific and ephemeral installation; the rural and natural landscape; earthworks; collaborative works with nature; indigenous history and storytelling; and land and water rights.

Fellowship Residencies

Stipend: $5,000
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Franconia Fellowship supports mid-career artists with a $5000 stipend and the opportunity to stay between 3 weeks and 3 months during their Open-Call residencies. This is a self-directed residency, and Fellows are responsible for developing, producing, and installing their work.

Emerging Artist Residencies

Stipend: $750
Spring (April 6, 2022 – June 15, 2022)
Summer (June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022) Fall (September 7, 2022 – November 23, 2022)

The Emerging Artist Residency represents 25 years that Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a long-running work exchange model that equally cares for artists and organizational sustainability. While offering professional support and growth to emerging artists, the 50-acre sculpture park receives site and operational support with the help of their Emerging Artist Residents. This is a process-based residency. The rural setting and the chance to work alongside peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators create a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative exchange model.

Artist Family Residencies

Stipend: $2000
July 12-16, 2022 or July 19-23, 2022 | Youth (Aged 8-13) July 26-30, 2022 | Teen Intensive (Grades 9-12)

The Artist Family Residency supports Artist Parents and Artist Youth alike with a one-week residency at Franconia during July. Coinciding with their Youth Installation Summer Camps, Artist Youth are invited to camp during the day while the Artist Parent can be on-site for research or production. For artist parents, this is a self-directed residency. The Artist Family benefits both from the individual creative process and also through togetherness. A culminating Parents & Community sharing of Summer Camp Works provides a joined capstone experience for the Artist Family.

Writer’s Residency

January 19 – February 2 or February 9
Entry Fee: First two weeks FREE; $25 thereafter / $15 Franconia Alumni
Stipend: $1000
The Writers Residency will accept 3 to 4 accomplished writers to join Franconia Sculpture Park in 2022. Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two to a three-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. The writers-in-residence in this program will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work.

Free Dance Residency Programs for K-12 Schools

Attention Teachers & Administrators!

Dance Without Barriers 2021/2022 School Year Applications Now Open!

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts offers free dance residency programs to K-12 schools throughout MN. A large part of their program is to reach remote area schools through virtual distance learning. They have been offering this free program since 2004, reaching over 2,000 students each year. They want to reach more greater MN schools as they know access to quality dance education can be sparse.

More information below and HERE.


Dance without Barriers is The Cowles Center’s K-12 dance residency program open to K-12 schools throughout Minnesota. Teaching Artists visit classrooms –- either in-person or virtually (they’ve had plenty of practice and success with virtual residencies in the last year!) –- to lead 3 to 5 day residences guided by your curriculum. 

Thanks to generous sponsorship, these residencies are free to select Minnesota schools – apply today!

In the meantime, explore their Brain Breaks videos which showcase the diversity and personality of their fabulous Teaching Artists!

Please contact Jessi Fett, Director of Programming & Education at
jfett@thecowlescenter.org with any questions you may have. To learn more about their other K-12 dance education programs, visit their K-12 Programs page

Resources/Opportunities

Here are some current or upcoming opportunities or resources in our region or beyond! Click on the links to find out more.

Artist in Residence applications open

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2021 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season.

Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career.

The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse sitting on ten acres in the midst of the thriving Red River Valley. McCanna, North Dakota is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore.

While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work of many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.

The solo residency consists of 2-4 week blocks throughout the operating year. Winter dictates that the house is only open from June 1st to the end of September.

While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. Artists will not be asked to teach classes, or give public lectures as a requirement of the residency.

Applications accepted until January 15th of each year. Residencies announced February 1st. Preference given to regional artists, with remaining availability open to all.

For more information, photos and the application, visit https://www.ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence