Franconia Sculpture Park Announces Ellina Kevorkian as Residency Director

Franconia’s Residency Director, Ellina Kevorkian

Shafer, Minnesota: Franconia Sculpture Park is excited to announce that Ellina Kevorkian has been hired as the Residency Director, responsible for overseeing the Park’s four residency programs. She will join Franconia full-time on March 23, 2020.

Kevorkian comes to Franconia with experience as an artist, curator, arts administrator and residency director, including ten years’ professional experience in exhibition planning and as well as serving as artistic director for residency programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Kevorkian’s focus is situated between her interests in both the visual arts and performance. She champions experimental works that push the boundaries of expectation, whether redefining medium, discipline, or social construct.

Says Executive Director & Chief Curator Ginger Porcella, “I am thrilled to be working alongside Ellina Kevorkian to further our programs at Franconia. She shares my passion for supporting contemporary artists and developing residency programs that allow artists to experiment and make connections to the greater art world. Ellina will be a great asset to Franconia as we continue to expand our mission and vision for the future.”

Kevorkian’s work has been positively reviewed in The LA Times, The LA Weekly, ArtForum, ArtPulse and Artnet. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and has an MA from the Institute of Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. Most recently she is a Mayor-appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Minneapolis and in her free time, mentors MFA students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

About Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park is the pre-eminent, artist-centered sculpture park in the Midwest. Founded in 1996, Franconia provides physically and intellectually wide-open spaces that inspire new ways of thinking through access to contemporary sculpture, installation and land art. Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia operates a 43-acre outdoor museum, active artist residency program, and a depth and breadth of arts programming for a diverse and engaged public.

Franconia is located at 29836 St. Croix Trail in Shafer, Minnesota, and is free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 651-257-6668 or visit Find Franconia Sculpture Park on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @franconiamn.