From granite for some of the country’s most significant public buildings to slate for roof tiles, commercial quarrying and stone working has thrived in Maine since around 1800. The sector’s evolution affected transportation by both sea and rail, while technological advances changed the industry in significant ways. Today, Maine stone artists and artisans still use many traditional techniques to create everything from garden benches to world-renowned public architecture.
Join us in August 2017 for a month-long celebration of the history, art and culture of Maine’s stone industry. Look for educational programs, the exhibit Built with Stone: The Story of Granite, Slate, and Limestone in Maine, and a 10-day sculpture symposium investigating the ties between technology, industry and the creative world.
Save the dates:
Friday, August 11, 2017 Opening Reception for Museum Members, Sponsors and other invited guests
Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 20, 2017 Stone Symposium (Artists Working)
Monday, August 21, 2017 Closing Gala Celebration with the Artists
To view works and to read artist bios, click on the participating artist name below:
Dick Alden, Boothbay
Lise Becu, Tenants Harbor
David Curry, Union
Mark Herrington, Franklin
Isabel Kelley, Portland
Paul Kozak, Hulls Cove
Roy Patterson, Gray
Miles Chapin, Arrowsic
William Royall, Southport
David Sywalski, Trenton
Dan Ucci, Pittston
Andreas von Huene, Arrowsic
These twelve Maine artists will be joined by Kamu Nagasawa, a special guest sculptor from Japan. Mr. Nagasawa’s participation is made possible through the support of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
The Maine Coast Stone Symposium is funded in part by an Arts & Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council.
Maine Coast Stone Symposium is made possible with the generous support of our partners: