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Franconia Sculpture Park is free and open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year 43 acres of mowed and gravel paths Email:
43 acres of mowed and gravel paths Phone: 651-257-6668
105 large-scale sculpture to explore Address: 29836 St. Croix
3 accessible public rest rooms
Trail,Shafer, MN 55074
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Franconia Sculpture Park operates with the objective to make its exhibition, programs and services accessible to all people, including individuals with disabilities.
• At Franconia, the grounds are flat with gravel and mowed pathways.
• All trails are accessible by electrically powered chairs, some trails are strenuous for manual wheel chairs.
• A four-seat golf cart and a six-seat golf cart are available upon request for those requiring mobility assistance touring the sculptures exhibition or programs.
• The parking and information facilities are physically accessible for those with mobility impairments, in accordance with the ADA.
• In addition, there are 3 accessible public rest rooms.

East Central ArtsThe accessibility vehicles are made possible, in part, 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.

Franconia Sculpture Park Contacts
John Hock

John Hock   +

Artistic Director & CEO

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With a group of visionary artists, John co-founded Franconia Sculpture Park in 1996 and continues to serve Franconia as the Artistic Director and CEO where he oversees board relations, fundraising, program development, planning and evaluation, and financial management. With John’s leadership, Franconia’s artist residency and community programs have grown from a fledgling nonprofit into a professional arts organization.

In 2010, John established Franconia in the City @ Casket, an outdoor sculpture park and 1,700 square foot Gallery and Education Space at the Casket Arts Community Complex in Northeast Minneapolis. John also serves as Chief Curator and Manager for the City of St. Paul’s Western Sculpture Park for Public Art St. Paul. John also helped found the City of Poughkeepsie Sculpture Park in Poughkeepsie, NY. He serves in an advisory capacity for several American sculpture parks, including Josephine Sculpture Park (KY) and Salem Art Works (NY), and on the Advisory Board of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art.

As a professional artist, Mr. Hock has large-scale abstract sculptures in collections and public sculpture parks around the United States and England. In recognition of his work as a sculptor, educator, curator, and arts administrator, Mr. Hock has received numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, McKnight Individual Artist Grant, Athena Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.
Joy Fusco

Joy Fusco  +

Office Manager

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Biography: Joy came to Franconia in February 2016 by way of the Wildlife Science Center, a nonprofit, science-based education and research facility existing to increase the awareness of ecosystem conservation of, on, and about wild predatory animals including bears, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats and birds of prey but primarily wolves. At Franconia, Joy is in charge of managing administrative, accounting, and business activities. She has more than 20 years experiences in nonprofit management and 10+ years in for-profit management with organizations such as the Clinical Research Institute, Harbinger Industries, Fredrikson & Byron PA, and Horst Salons. With her darling family she lives on a 20-acre hobby farm in Shafer, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

Tessa Enroth  +

Development and Communications Manager

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Beginning in September 2016 Tessa Enroth began working as the Development and Communications Manager with Franconia Sculpture Park. Tessa grew up in the Twin Cities and remembers visiting Franconia soon after it first opened and immediately becoming immersed in the hands-on art experience that Franconia offered. Since that time, Tessa received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Master's in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. Tessa continues to serve the nonprofit community as a volunteer and board member of local Minnesota based organizations.
Kendra Douglas

Kendra Douglas  +

Education and Program Coordinator

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As Program and Education Coordinator, Kendra serves in Franconia’s senior program position. She attended Northern Kentucky University and earned a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art Education. Kendra completed an internship at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, worked as an artist assistant for the African Arts Institute at NKU, and held a post baccalaureate teaching assistantship in sculpture at Bucknell University. Kendra has been an active leader in an international peace education organization called CISV where she led youth to Denmark, Mexico, and Barcelona to engage in multicultural peace education experiences. Kendra completed her student teaching in 2012, teaching at Pinewood American International School in Thessaloniki, Greece.  Kendra was an intern artist at Franconia in the fall of 2015. After her internship at FSP she filled the roll of the Program Assistant until assuming the position of the Program and Education Coordinator.

Loretta Draths

Alyssa Auten  +

Marketing and Creative Manager

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Alyssa Auten came to Franconia Sculpture Park as the Marketing and Creative Manager in January 2017. Alyssa brings a background in design, architecture and non-profit management. Alyssa received her BSAS in Architectural Studies from UW-Milwaukee and an MSc in Historic Building Conservation from the University of Bath in England. She spent the last nine years working in cultural heritage institutions like the Folsom House Historic Site in Taylors Falls and the Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter. She has consulted on preservation projects for the City of Lindstrom, the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative and the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Alyssa did her Senior high school photography project at Franconia Sculpture Park when it was still at its original location and remembers being enamored with the place. Alyssa and her new husband recently moved back to the St. Croix River Valley and couldn’t be happier in their first house; a 1920s charmer with a giant white pine tree named Marge.
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Matt Falvey  +

Site Manager

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Matthew Falvey was born and raised in South Florida. Matthew received is B.F.A. in sculpture and ceramics from Florida Atlantic University in 2011.  Matthew finished his MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University in the spring of 2017.

Matthew has exhibited his work across the United States in both formal and alternative venues, seeking participation from the community. His work focuses on the creation of interactive communal spaces that evoke feelings of nostalgia. It is important to him to engage the viewers shared personal narratives and histories, exposing the deeper roots of community using familiar icons and resources found within the local areas in which he is working.
Aj Meadows

A.J. Meadows  +

Site Manager Contractor

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Anthony J. Meadows (AJ), b. 1984, is an American artist currently traveling and working in between America and parts of Europe. He received his MFA (merit) from the Glasgow School of Art. His current artistic practice draws on, and aims to pair, the natural and the unnatural. He is interested in the proceeding relationships developed/formed/forced between the two and the idea that what exists outside eventually comes inside.  

2015 saw the completion of a significant body of work for Meadows which led to his participation in Mediterranea 17, Young Artists Biennial (Milan, Fabbrica del Vapore).   He has recently shown works in USA, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Finland, and Latvia, and has now stepped in to fulfill the role of park manager here at Franconia.
Amber White

Amber White  +

Program Assistant Contractor

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Amber became connected with Franconia Sculpture Park through the iron casting community in 2014 and completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a focus in photography and metal casting. She was a Hot Metal Artist at Franconia in 2015 and has assisted with multiple FSP Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pours in addition to other iron pours and conferences around the states. Amber has exhibited throughout the U.S. and through exchanges with the Beijing Film Academy and Kunstverein Grafschaft, Bentheim.

Alongside her own creative work, Amber has developed a range of teaching and curatorial experiences with previous positions as a photography instructor and foundry teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, Exhibitions Director at Altered Esthetics, and Interim Program Coordinator/Artist Services Director at Duluth Art Institute. As Program Assistant at Franconia, Amber provides administrative support for the FSP artists’ residency and intern programs, tours, events, and educational programming. She oversees the daily operations of the house, fills our refrigerators with food, and spreads her love in the gardens!