Sister Frandrup Artist Residency

Please look for future call for applications.

Application criteria

Emerging to mid-career artists who would benefit from a focused period of time to concentrate on work within the context of an educational environment in a rural bucolic setting.


Portfolio, 10 images, CV, statement and proposal of how work time will benefit artistic practice.

Included in the Residency are:

Six weeks of focused work time; stipend; accommodations: studio space, access to studio-specific equipment (including access to photo and video cameras and editing lab), and some studio supplies.

Artist is responsible for:

Transportation to/from site of residency as well as any other miscellaneous travel and meals.

Artist responsibilities

Six-week studio practice, limited interaction with public via open studio, artist talk, and interaction with students to include either workshop or critique. Details to be finalized upon acceptance.

Studios include:

papermaking, printmaking, darkrooms (silver and handmade), Mac lab (including scanners, inkjet printers), video editing lab, photo studio, ceramics studio, woodshop, book arts studio, and sculpture located on both both campuses of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.


Visiting artists will be housed in an apartment at the Collegeville Institute near the campus of Saint John’s University.

The Collegeville Institute was designed by the world-class architect Marcel Breuer, and consists of a lakeside cluster of ten apartments and an administrative center. The apartments vary in size from one to three bedrooms and are assigned according to family needs. The apartments are fully furnished, with central heating, air conditioning, brick fireplace, and wireless Internet. A community kitchen, lounge, library, chapel, and laundry are also available.

Virtual Tour of Collegeville Institute
Artist Studio

Visiting artists will be able to work in a spacious loft studio at the Art Center, Saint John’s University, where they will have access to art studio classrooms and labs for printmaking, video, sculpture, and photography. The 918 sq. ft. studio has a high ceiling, excellent natural lighting, movable furnishings for working and storage, adjustable spotlights, a sitting area, a sink, wi-fi and Internet access, restrooms nearby, and 24/7 access. A 4.8' x 6.6' barn door into the adjacent gallery does permit transporting larger work into the space by a portable lift, but because the studio is upstairs and otherwise accessible only by a spiral staircase, there is limited access.

College Campuses

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) are partners in undergraduate, residential, liberal arts education.

The Saint John’s campus is adjacent to some 2600 acres of woods and lakes of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Woods, wetlands, and lakes—a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary—characterize the rural setting of Saint John’s.  The College of Saint Benedict campus is located about five miles east of Saint John’s. The campus is situated within the friendly and quaint town of Saint Joseph, which has a local whole food co-op, a coffee shop, a laundromat, grocery stores, various restaurants, and bars.

There are walking trails near both the CSB and SJU campuses as well as the famous Lake Wobegon Trail that connects the two communities and nearby towns.

A free bus service runs between the two campuses hourly during the day for classes and in the evening for various activities and events.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Sam Johnson
Chair, Art Department