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2018 Open Studio Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 3, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career. Applicants are encouraged to review the roster of past fellowship artists and their projects on our Meet the Artists Page. If you are curious about living and working at Franconia, visit our Artist Opportunities page.

Open Studio Program Details   +
  • Up to 4 artist teams will be selected.
  • Artists receive a fellowship of $5,000 to support their time in residence and the creation of new artwork.
  • Residencies last a minimum of 4 weeks.
    • Will take place from April 1 and installation complete by September 9 
    • Fellows may NOT be in residence at the Park the last week of July or the first week of August.
    • Artwork created during the fellowship will be included in Franconia’s outdoor exhibition for a minimum of 1 year.
    • Fellows will sign an agreement/contract and complete all exit materials.

Types of Proposals Considered   +
  • Sculpture
  • Multi-media
  • Object based performance
  • Three-dimensional installation
  • Site-specific

Living and Working at Franconia   +
  • Fellowship artists are provided onsite housing in a 9-bedroom farmhouse
    • Cooking and cleaning duties are shared by all residents and are assigned on a rotating schedule.
  • Studio space in the outdoor 7,000 square foot work area is shared by all artists-in-residence.
  • Heavy equipment needed to produce large-scale artwork is available.
    • Fellowship artists should expect to supply hand tools, small power tools, and safety equipment, please plan accordingly.
  • Franconia is a public park; Fellowship artists interact with the public on a daily basis.
  • Fellowship artists are expected to participate in community programming during their residency (6 hours contact time), which includes:
    • Working at one Kids Make Sculpture event in a teaching artist capacity.
    • Give an Artist Talk for residents and community members.
  • Intern Artist Assistance is available on a limited basis and at the discretion of Franconia Staff.
    • Intern artists are at Franconia on a work exchange agreement where they provide 5 hours of work each day to Franconia. Within that time frame, Intern Artists spend their time working for Franconia in public programming and maintenance of the park. They are also given space and encouraged to create their own work for public exhibition at Franconia. Time spent supporting fellowship artists during park work hours is meant to be a professional development tool to expand intern artist’s skills and bolster their confidence. Fellowship artists who are given the opportunity to work with Intern Artists will view the experience as a mentorship.
For additional information on the Intern Artist Program, please visit the Intern Artist program page.

To learn more about Franconia’s facilities, equipment, and living/working environment. please read our Residency Overview.

Eligibility Requirements   +
Please review all information carefully. Applicants who do not meet the following criteria will not be considered.

  • Fellowships are for the creation of new work only.
  • Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
  • Fellowships are given to U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa.
  • Artists may NOT be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full time, at an institution of higher learning during the Fellowship.
  • Applicant’s work falls in the area of sculpture, three-dimensional installation, performance based object, multi-media, and/or site-specific.

Application Process   +
  • To apply for Franconia’s 2018 Open Studio Fellowship, please complete & submit Items 1-6
  • Submit completed proposal materials to
  • Deadline for all materials: Midnight CST on February 3, 2018
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Click here to view a sample budget
  • View a sample budget
  • Please submit all text documents as PDFs and images as JPEGs

1. Application Cover Sheet
Must include proposal description. Save as a PDF labeled with applicant’s last name ex. LastName_CoverSheet.pdf


2. One-Two Proposal Image/s

  • A drawing, photographed maquette, or digitally generated image of proposed work in JPEG format.
  • Each JPEG may be no larger than 1 MB.
  • Images should be in JPEG format.
  • Label proposal images with the applicant’s last name followed by the word Proposal, underscore and number example: LastnameProposal_1.jpg

3. Eight (8) Work Samples
JPEG 8 images of recent work or video most applicable to your proposal.

  • JPGS should be under 1 MB each and video should be no longer than 1 minute.
  • Label proposal images Lastname_Sample1.jpg, Lastname_Sample2.jpg, etc.

4. Image Script
A numbered list that corresponds to each of the 8 portfolio images. For each image,
include the title, date, materials, dimensions, and if necessary a two sentence description of the work.

  • Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_Script.pdf

5.Current Resume or CV

  • Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_CV.PDF

6. Project Budget
A detailed budget describing how fellowship funds will be used.
Please click here to review an example fellowship budget.

  • Submit as a PDF labeled Lastname_Budget.pdf

Submitting as an Artist Team   +
If you are proposing a collaboration between two or more artists, all involved individuals must be active and practicing artists. Please include separate cover pages and resumes/CVs for each artist.

Review Process   +
A panel of jurors comprised of arts professionals will select for Franconia’s 2018 Residency and Fellowships. Attention will be paid to alumni artists or artist teams who are ambitious, self-challenging, present a professional application, and who will gain professional experience from the residency and exhibition opportunity at Franconia.

If accepted you will be expected to read the artist handbook and speak with a site manager about the logistics and time frame of your proposed work. After your conversation with Franconia and review of the handbook, you will be asked to sign the contract that contains information on dates of your residency, contact information, display agreements, fees & expenses, and general expectations while at Franconia.

Artwork with Electronics   +
Artwork with electronic components must be properly designed for long-term outdoor exhibition in an extreme four-season climate. Keep in mind we do not have indoor studio space. Franconia charges a one-time fee of $125 for artwork requiring daily electricity. Please consider the following responsibilities if you are considering making a proposal with electronic components.
  • Electronics must be protected in a weatherproof enclosure that is able to withstand high winds, humidity, rainfall, snow, and extreme hot/cold temperature.
  • Electronics must be properly wired. Only outdoor underground rated wire can be buried. Underground wires cannot contain any splices.
  • Artists must test all hardware and software to make sure that it is error-free, requiring no maintenance.
  • Internal electronics must be accessible for troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • All sculptures requiring an AC outlet will be powered from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Electronic components must be able to fully start upon powering up without any manual intervention.
Application materials must be received by MIDNIGHT CST on February 3, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of application materials. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application materials were not received correctly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact Franconia Staff if you do not receive a confirmation email to ensure your materials were received. Applicants will be notified in March on the status of their application.

With questions email or call (651) 257-6668.