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Press featuring Julie Schenkelberg: Country Messenger, "Franconia Sculpture Park announces 2021 artists-in-residence"

Franconia Sculpture Park announces its 2021 artists-in-residence who were selected through a competitive, multi-staged review panel led by arts professionals from around the country. Franconia’s artist-in-residence program continues to grow to provide artists with financial stipends, professional development opportunities, as well as time and space for production and installation on Franconia’s 50-acre site. Artists create ambitious new projects, interact and collaborate with fellow artists, and engage the public through diverse mediums that expand sculpture’s discourse and boundaries. The program and facilities promote a collaborative community, foster new work and intellectual exchange, offer exhibition and presentation opportunities, and provide artists with exposure to the Twin Cities. Franconia encourages experimentation and knowledge-building--whether artists seek to redefine process, reflect social and cultural contexts of our time, or push conceptual or material boundaries. 

Ellina Kevorkian, Franconia’s Director for Residency Programs, says, “2021 brings our most competitive application cycle to Franconia as artists enthusiastically responded to our annual theme, ‘Authority, Visibility, and Public Space.’ These kinds of responsive social themes resonate with artists in our quickly changing world. Selected artists will have the opportunity to dialogue across multiple disciplines and deepen their research with a collaborative experience.”


The Mid-Career Fellowship provides the opportunity for contemporary artists to create ambitious new projects on display at Franconia for up to two years. 

2021 Mid-Career Fellowships 

Jesse Blumenthal | Missoula, MT *

Kehayr Brown-Ransaw | Minneapolis, MN

Moko Fukuyama | Brooklyn, NY *

Rotem Tamir + Omri Zin | Minneapolis, MN

Austin +Kotono Watanabe | Minneapolis, MN

Yoshi Nakamura | Cincinnati, OH

Cat Chiu Phillips | San Diego, CA *

Marius Ritiu | Brussels, Belgium

Amy Ritter | Brooklyn, NY

Julie Schenkelberg | Hamtramck, MI *


The Emerging Artist-in-Residence program offers artists the opportunity to create public artwork, develop their practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence and visiting curators, and to engage with the public while participating in a work-exchange. 

2021 Franconia Emerging Artists

Amanda Assaley | Chicago, IL

Alcide Breaux | New Orleans, LA

Michelle Caron-Pawlowsky | Quebec, Canada

Lili Chin | Brooklyn, NY

Helen Dolan | St. Paul, MN

Gabriela Fernandez | Miami, FLA

Michael Lonchar | St. Paul, MN *

Timothy Manolo | Toronto, Canada

Cody Norton | Denton, TX

Babette DeLafayette Pendleton | Annapolis, MD

Jeff Schofield | Pontiac, MI

Lexis Thompson | Denton, TX *

Sarah Umles | Pasadena, CA

Milan Warner | College Park, MD

Emma Wood | Robbinsdale, MN *


* denotes a 2020 deferral