In 2005, New York artist Zaq Landsberg purchased two acres in a remote Utah desert for $610 off of eBay. After venturing out to the land that summer, Landsberg and a few friends who would become the first Zaqistani citizens declared independence from the United States and founded the Republic of Zaqistan. Ten years later, […]

Bill Klaila, who joined us this spring from Minneapolis, was one of our 2017 FSP/Jerome Fellows. On Bill’s first day at the park, he recalls that “there were over 200 people visiting Franconia. That ramped up my motivation considerably.” A common theme in Bill’s body of work is the idea of evolving an artwork over […]

    “…the wings are without their bodies, suspending and strained from movement they have different connotations about our contemporary issues as a society in opposition to the human desire of mobilizing life.”   Pedram Baldari was born in 1981 in Kurdistan, Iran. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tehran […]

On June 6th, we wrapped up this year’s Arts in Rural Places program here at Franconia. This year, the program was designed to combine STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with arts learning in order to help students strengthen their associations between art-making and the world around them. The incorporation of STEM really resonated with […]

Check out our Fantastic Five, also known as Parky Park & the Funky Bunch: Andrew Ingersoll, Jordan Jirschele, Connor McNerney, Alicia Proudfoot, and Heidi Zenisek! Meet Andrew Ingersoll Hometown: San Diego, CA Education: University of California, Berkeley What is your Spirit Tool? Albuterol Inhaler What is your breakfast go-to? Bananas How did you hear about […]

Laura Feldberga was one of our first Open Studio Fellows of 2017, along with her father, Ojars Feldbergs, who joined us from Latvia from mid-March to mid-April. Laura’s work at Franconia began with a visiting artist lecture and workshop with students at the University of Minnesota Art Department and culminated with a performance of 16 […]

The Franconia team had the pleasure of welcoming our first Open Studio Fellows of 2017, Latvian artists Ojars Feldbergs and Laura Feldberga (father and daughter), who worked from mid-March to mid-April on individual installations. In 1992, Ojars founded the Pedvale Open Air Museum which holds a permanent collection of more than 150 outdoor sculptures by an international group […]