Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia was founded in 1996 by a small group of professional artists who envisioned a supportive artist residency community and outdoor museum. Today, this vision has been achieved through an active artist residency program that serves over 40 artists each year and arts learning programming that serves over 150,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.
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 120 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.
Franconia Sculpture Park is committed to remaining open as an oasis for our visitors during this difficult time as long as we feel it is safe to do so. The only way we can do this is if people maintain at least six feet of distance from each other and refrain from climbing on or touching the sculptures. We also encourage visitors to wear masks at all public programs and events until further notice. Please pre-register for events