“Ginger is a visionary leader and an excellent choice to both build from the remarkable legacy of Franconia as an artist residency space and place for community gathering while also acting as an agent of change leading Franconia into the future,” says Dorothy Goldie, FSP’s Board Chair.

“Franconia’s mission is to provide physically and intellectually wide-open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process. The Board unanimously feels that Ginger is the perfect candidate to help us shape what that looks like going forward.”

Ginger has overseen the transformation of two organizations through the development of meaningful, critical and accessible programming that reflects the wants and needs of both the local community and a diverse global society. She is well-respected amongst her peers as someone who advocates on behalf of the arts and artists, with strong relationships in the museum, nonprofit, and corporate sectors.

Ginger holds an M.A in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson). In just two years Ginger increased MOCA Tucson’s budget by 20%, secured large national and international grants focusing largely on the work of female, LGBTQIA+ and artists of color, and doubled the museum’s attendance.

Prior to MOCA Tucson, Ginger served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in Balboa Park. In just three years Ginger developed a cutting-edge, bi-national contemporary art center dedicated to new artist commissions and experimental programming. She successfully raised funds for the renovation of their 10,000 square foot exhibition and gift shop spaces, launched a new media project space and 1,500 square foot classroom space, and initiated a successful artist and curator residency program. Ginger was named the 2015 “Voice of San Diego” in the press, and U-T San Diego listed her as one of five top innovators in the arts.

She is a recent recipient of a National Arts Strategies Fellowship for Emerging Arts Leaders, a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant for her exhibition “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths” at New York City Industries for the Blind, and a curatorial grant from the Danish Agency for Culture. Porcella has more than fifteen years’ arts administration experience, including a successful history of development and fundraising for arts organizations and individual artists. Porcella is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to contemporary curatorial practices and arts administration, and has curated highly acclaimed exhibitions at museums across the United States.

Says Ginger Shulick Porcella: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Franconia Sculpture Park at this critical stage in their evolution. I’m looking forward to building upon their past successes to re-envision what the future of Franconia will look like for the next generation of artists and audiences. Their mission is truly inspiring, and I can’t wait to be a part of the creative community of Minnesota.”

Ginger’s first day at Franconia will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Please join Franconia’s Board of Directors for a meet-and-greet with Ginger at Franconia from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, September 28 during its annual Art and Artists Celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

About Franconia Sculpture Park:

Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia was founded in 1996 by a small group of professional artists who envisioned a supportive artist residency community and open-air sculpture laboratory accessible to all. Today, this vision has been achieved through an active artist residency program that serves over 40 artists each year and arts learning programming that serves over 150,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.

Through our artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Shafer, MN. We foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 120 sculptures created by artists-in-residence. https://www.franconia.org/about/

CONTACT: Dorothy Goldie, Board Chair, dgoldie@spa.edu