"Creating art and community:" Browse through a collection of some of the Minnesota artists working this year in Franconia Sculpture Park, as well as a sampling of artists who'll be collaborating with the park for special Franconia events, like the Iron Pour coming up August 2.
To find out more about Franconia and its participating 2008 artists, click here or Start Tour above.
>>Click here to read writer and raconteur Andy Sturdevant's mini-history of the park, one of Minnesota's most exciting and quietly revolutionary public art projects.
About the park: Franconia Sculpture Park works to nurture the artistic growth, creativity and interaction between emerging, mid-career and established sculptors in an outdoor, rural setting. An integral part of its mission is to enhance the cultural life of our community and nation through a diverse program of education and experimentation.
Founded in 1996, Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative model that combines the rare integration of artists at work, residence and exhibition space all in one venue. The outdoor, rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures reflects the creative talents of local, national and international artists. Each year, a number of artists are invited to create and exhibit their work as part of the Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program.
Each year, Franconia Sculpture Park will host 15 to 25 artists and up to 15 artist interns. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and meet any number of these artists, especially in the spring, summer and fall. Franconia Sculpture Park is located on 16 acres of restored prairie just two miles west of Taylors Falls, Minnesota, in the St. Croix River Valley.
Visit the Franconia Sculpture Park website for a full list of 2008 programs and upcoming events.
Click here for a map and directions to the park
A final note: the artists' works included in this online collection are not necessarily the pieces on display at the sculpture park.
Franconia Sculpture Park
Visit the park's website for complete details on upcoming events, programs, artists, and a history of the park.
ESSAY: "Otherworldly Realms in Your Own Backyard" by Andy Sturdevant
Artist, raconteur, and gentleman scholar Andy Sturdevant offers a mini-history of one of Minnesota's most exciting and quietly revolutionary public art projects: Franconia Sculpture Park.
access+ENGAGE Issue 31.2: A Quiet Revolution in Public Art
Read the original, web (HTML) version of the issue of access+ENGAGE, mnartists.org's e-mag, in which this collection appeared.