About Sculpture Symposium
The Symposium focuses on two categories: for the stone pile, we are carrying out a “New Art Archeology” idea — instead of digging up artifacts, we are creating artwork with a 21st century interpretation of figurative sculpture using the existing granite blocks; for sculpture in general, we are offering the Art Grounds as an artistic lab for 3D and interdisciplinary work. It takes place from the first Sunday till the third Sunday in August every year. During the Symposium’s three weeks, the CAI grounds were transformed into an exciting space that promoted both research and dialogue among the artists. Sculptors brought their unique experiences and diverse techniques to the Quarry as they transformed blocks of stone into sophisticated sculptures. The Grounds is open to the public everyday (2pm-5pm) for audience to observe and marvel at the artists’s creative process; it was simply beautiful to watch as the pile of stones grows in beauty and complexity. The created artwork remains on site permanently as an archeological landmark for the future.
We have accomplished our 4th Symposium from August 3 to August 23, with welcome Reception on August 3 (Sunday) 2:00-5:00pm, closing Reception/Exhibition on August 23 (Saturday) 2:00-5:00pm.
The New Art Archaeology Project is a massive pile of granite blocks carved in place by a continually changing cast of prominent US and international sculptors. During the annual Symposium, sculptors congregate for a three week residency at CAI to carve a stone on the pile gleaned from this former working granite quarry. The intent is for the finished sculptures to remain permanently on site as an archaeological landmark for the future.
Twenty-first century interpretations of the figurative artwork is the unifying theme. The Symposium is a three-week event that takes place annually in August. The Quarry-CAI is open to the public every day during the Symposium to allow spectators to view the work-in-progress and engage in dialog with the artists.
TIM DE CHRISTOPHER (Turners Falls, MA) a outstanding sculptor, has done stone carving for more than 30 years, a major solo show has been scheduled for 2014 at the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum.
KEVIN DUFFY (Arlington, MA) is a stone sculptor who works primarily in granite. He works also as a monument conservator, in many locations throughout New England. Kevin studied at both Montserrat College of Art, The Art Students League, and is a graduate of the Art Academy in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
GREGOR GALL (Hungary) is primarily a bronze sculptor for over 20 years, he owns and operates a bronze foundry in Hungary.
GARBOR MIKLYA (Hungary) is a master stone carver, his work process is technically precise, conceptually alluring.
ISTVAN RIGO (Hungary) is a sculptor in stone and steel. He does monumental work, including a 30 meter-tall Saint Mary.
MARK SMITH (Berlin, MA) old guy, young carver, results consistently excellent.
MIGUEL ANGEL VELIT (Lima, Peru) has been evolving from the synthesis of Inca’s shape and symbols, made up « Totems » in wood and stone, to planets and space phenomena, he transforms them from dreams to drawings to sculptures, often with social political elements and messages from Peruvian present reality.
JULIO AGUILERA (Venezuela-American, Lowell) is primarily a painter, the Horse in this Symposium is his first study in stone work.
Four unique & professional approaches to the granite carving were brought to CAI Art Grounds by Kevin Duffy, Jay Hungate, Bill Turville & Zsolt Nyari. To incorporate our Art Education into this event, we invited Mark Smith who is a granite carving student at CAI to participate in the Symposium by collaborating with Yin. We found that indeed this context is the perfect teaching environment. We can see in just 3 weeks that his accomplishment is literally set in stone.
A renowned sculptor, born in Hungary, Zsolt’s artwork is in public spaces in Italy, Croatia, Japan and Hungary. He has graduated from JPTE BTK Master of Fine Arts School and is currently teaching at the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs.
A stone sculptor living in Arlington Massachusetts. Kevin studied at the Montserrat College of Art and graduated from the Academy of Fine and Applied Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Kevin worked as a technical illustrator for many years. Kevin currently works as a monument conservator. His work has been exhibited in both the US and Europe.
An active sculptor lives in Lowell MA, Jay has done many major public sculptural projects and is the primary Gargoyle statue producer in New England area; he has served on the Board of the New England Sculptor’s Association. He hold a degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
A sculptor and architect; his studio is based at Brickbottom Artist’s Association in Boston. Turville is very active in art education and has made significant contributions advocating for the art communities. His work ranges from festival sculpture and installations to commissioned work for institutions and unique work for themed shows, causes and charities.
This First Symposium has marked the beginning of our “New Art Archeology” concept – instead of digging up artifacts, we are creating artwork with a 21st century interpretation of figurative sculpture using the existing granite blocks on the CAI grounds as an archaeological landmark for the future. The four artists for this important event are Laszlo Varkoly, Batu Siharulidze, Jenny Page and John Weidman. The artists’ interaction with their stone as well as among themselves and audience was simply beautiful to watch. Read “Acton arts colony showcases works carved in stone” – Boston Globe, 2011
(b1960-) born in the Republic of Georgia; graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Art and an advanced post-graduate degree from the All-Union Academy in Moscow. In 1994, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Batu immigrated to the US. Batu has won numerous sculpture competitions, and has been frequently invited to participate in exhibits and symposiums throughout the world. Currently he is Head of Sculpture Department at Boston University.
(b.1969-) Working intuitively, her work encompasses aspects of drawing, painting and sculpture. Interests in anatomy led to a Certificate in Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture from New York Academy of Art. Jenny’s work has been exhibited throughout New England, NYC, Egypt, Germany, and the UK.
(b1943-) born in Whitewater, Wisconsin, educated at Miami University & Antioch College in Ohio, and studied Anatomy and Dissection at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being an accomplished sculptor, he is the co-founder & director of Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH. John’s artwork strives to, as he so well stated, “create new observations” for his audience and to see that “the technology and creativity are balanced” in art making.
(b1960- Hungarian) born in Olaszliszka, Hungary. He has graduated from Art Department at the Teacher’s College in Eger City. In the 60s, in the midst of experimental art movement, as a painter he produced many performance artwork. Since the 90s, he has been devoting his time in the sculpture field, mainly with polychrome marble technique. His artwork is in many important collections, such as Hungarian National Gallery and Szombathely Museum.