Title Sculpture Residency: Metal
Organization Franconia Sculpture Park
Closing Date Friday, March 20, 2020
Location Shafer, MN

Hot Iron Applications Due: March 20, 2020 (11:59pm CST)

Each year, Franconia Sculpture Park invites artists from around the world to participate in the Hot Iron Artist Residency Program. Since 1996, over 209 artists have had the opportunity to strengthen their portfolio and metal casting skills, as well as the opportunity for professional networking in a unique community. There are a number of different roles artists can apply for, depending on their qualifications and experience. Each selected artist is invited to create a new work of art by the end of the residency.

The Franconia Hot Iron residency is a fantastic opportunity for artists (sculptors, glass sculptors, jewelry and metal smiths, ceramists, etc) that have the desire to work outside the boundaries of your typical studio practice in a supportive and inclusive environment. Most artists that work in three dimensions have the cross applicable skill set to make a multi-part sand mold for cast iron— glass sculptors and ceramists make multi-part molds for slip and slump casting, jewelry and metal smiths have an intimate understanding of metal casting.

Iron is for Every Body! Cast iron doesn’t need to be the sum totality of your studio practice, artists that work in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the Artist Residency, the Hot Iron season doubles as a community education program. For the first three weeks of the season, the Hot Iron Artist Interns will lead tours of the Cast Iron Exhibition and teach family-oriented relief mold-making workshops.

The season concludes with two public iron pours: The Annual Hot Iron Pour, the Midwest’s largest hot metal pour event; and Franconia’s Artist Pour, in which resident artists will complete their own works which will have the opportunity to be juried into the annual Cast Iron Exhibition.


Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
Artists must be 21 years of age or older during the time of residency.
Artists must be U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa
Artists who have participated in the past are encouraged to apply; however, they are subject to a more rigorous review and must clearly explain how another residency at Franconia will impact them.


Quality studio work as made evident by portfolio images and experience listed on CV
Teaching experience
Ability to learn new processes quickly, work as a team, and take direction
Experience with the cast iron process is preferred but not required


Application Requirements: cover sheet, letter of intent, project proposal with sketches, artist statement, work samples with image description list, current cv, optional statement of financial need.

Application fee: $20. The application fee will subsidize artists who demonstrate financial need through written letter describing their need and by providing a copy of the previous year’s reported gross salary income.

For complete residency details and to apply, please visit https://www.franconia.org/project/2020-hot-iron-artist-residency/

If you have any questions, please contact info@franconia.org or call 651-257-6668.

Website https://www.franconia.org/