Franconia Sculpture Park

2020 Hot Iron Artist Residency Program
Due Mar 20 2020

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.

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.


LOCATION: Shafer, MN; 50 minutes northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the St. Croix River Valley region


All Hot Iron Artists and Artist Interns will receive and allotment of up to 2,000 lbs. of sand for mold making, 300 lbs. of iron, access to the shared studio space and foundry equipment, as well as room and board (with the exception of local Artist Interns who live off-site.)

Note: In the past, members of the Hot Iron team camped on-site. This year we will have all residents indoors for the duration of their stay. Hot iron artists must be willing to share space and participate in the communal atmosphere of the Artist Residency at Franconia Sculpture Park.


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.

Application materials must be received by 11:59PM CST on March 20, 2020.
Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. You will receive an automatic confirmation at the time of submission. Applicants will be notified in April regarding the status of their application.

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