Our annual Sculpture Symposium is dedicated to continuing our “New Art Archeology” program: instead of digging up artifacts, we create them with a 21st century interpretation on figurative sculpture using the Quarry’s existing granite blocks. We also offer our facilities and grounds as an art lab for 3D and interdisciplinary work. This Symposium takes place from the first Sunday till the third Sunday in August every year. During the Symposium’s three weeks, the CAI grounds are transformed into an exciting space that promotes both research into different methodology and a dialogue among the artists.
Sculptors bring their unique experiences and diverse techniques to the Quarry as they transform blocks of stone into sophisticated sculptures. Our grounds are open to the public everyday (2pm-5pm) for visitors to observe and marvel at the artists’s creative process. It is simply beautiful to watch as the pile of stones continues to grow in beauty and complexity. The created artwork remains on site permanently as an archeological landmark for the future.
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This year we accomplished our 4th Symposium from August 3 to August 23, with a welcome reception on August 3 (Sunday) 2:00-5:00pm and a closing Reception/Exhibition on August 23 (Saturday) 2:00-5:00pm.
The New Art Archaeology Project continues for the third year. A massive pile of granite blocks carved in place by a continually changing cast of prominent U.S. and international sculptors continues to influence the landscape. 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.
Four unique and professional approaches to the granite carving were brought to CAI Art Grounds by Kevin Duffy, Jay Hungate, Bill Turville and 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 three 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.