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Franconia Artist Residency

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 6 months
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Why do I need money?

Recently I was awarded an opportunity to be a  Hot Metal Artist in Residence at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota. This is a great honor for me and something I have been looking forward to for quite some time. While at this residency I will be creating a new life size outdoor public sculpture from cast iron and steel. 

What will I be creating? 
The sculpture I will be creating is a part of a series of works based on my life living with depression and anxiety.  Constructing a cast iron door frame in which a silhouette of my body, or the negative created by the absence of my body, will be placed. This door frame will overlook a pile of cast-iron figures that represent the social engagements that I want badly to enter, but are held at bay by my sadness and social anxiety. 

Where will the money be allocated?
The residency itself has a cost that covers my mold making and casting materials. 
Franconia Residency cost: $450
Gas for 2000 mile drive: $400
Steel and pattern materials: $200
Camping supplies for 4week stay: $200
Tarps and tools: $100
Food during residency: $150

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Thank you so so much to everyone who donated to my residency! ❤️❤️❤️
I’m packing up my truck today, and leaving town tomorrow to start my journey north to Franconia. I am honored to know that I am going thanks to the support of my friends, family, and community.
Thanks.
If you received a reward, fingers crossed they made it safe and they live up to expectations. If you snap any pictures of them I would love to see them. You can share them with me on Facebook or Instagram, Kevin Vanek @kevin_n_stuff.
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I’ve raised my campaign goal an extra $500 to accommodate some further material costs that have come up for my sculpture residency. My residency comes with 2000lbs of sand molds and 300lbs of iron. I will need to use approximately 5000 of sand and 1000lbs of iron. These extra materials will cost me extra money. Thanks for all your donations everyone.
(I feel bad about this and will not raise again).
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Hey! Thanks everyone! I hit my goal after only ten days, I’m so excited and honored.

That being said, I do want to post an update about my rewards. Both the “garbage plates”
and the “hand-tensils” are sold out.

Thank you all so much, there are plenty of bottle openers still available at the $20 or $30 donation amounts. Get’em while they are fresh ;) and keep helping me, looks like my sculpture is going to require extra financing in material costs. Hey, go big or go home right.
$20 donation for single, $30 for a pair
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Rewards are here!!! Please support my campaign so I can go to my Franconia Hot Metal Artist Residency :).
$20+ = single. $30+ = male/female pair
$40+ = “Garbage Plate” cast iron
$50+ = “Hand-Tensils”
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$2,000 of $2,000 goal

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$112
Zachary Orcutt
5 months ago
$20
Kimberly Romischer
5 months ago
DB
$30
Dani Burger
5 months ago
MB
$10
Madeline Bates
5 months ago
CB
$20
Christian Bailey
5 months ago
CB
$100
Carl Billingsley
5 months ago
SP
$30
Sarah Padgett
5 months ago
LH
$30
Liz Helfer
5 months ago
$30
Susan Tordella-Williams
5 months ago
LC
$50
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5 months ago
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