For over 35 years, the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center (CSSC) has offered instruction and dialogue in a wide range of sculptural media with professional artists and artisans from around the world. The ancient art of stone carving is uniquely featured through the CSSC programs of workshops, residencies and exhibitions.
Initially informed and inspired by its location among the remains of Vermont’s marble industry, CSSC has grown to offer instruction in welding, paper, clay, wood working, and many other forms, focusing on both traditional and contemporary techniques for all ages and skill levels.
For over 35 years, the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center has offered instruction and dialogue in a wide range of sculptural media with Professional Artists and Craftsman from around the world. Three-dimensional exploration includes Stone, Metal, Wood, Clay, Mold Making, Paper Pulp, Jewelry and more. Techniques and Aesthetics range from Traditional to Contemporary, Abstract to Figurative and Portraiture. Hand and Power Tools are maintained for use in a Safe environment with able assistance from Resident Interns.
U.S. and International Artists in Residence are selected through a Jury process and invited for one week to two months to Create New Sculpture and Build Community through Cultural Exchange. Residents' Sculpture is exhibited on our Historic Marble Quarry and manufacturing site and sold to visiting and local collectors. Artist Residencies complement our instructional workshops, exposing participant to a range of media, techniques and aesthetics. Monumental Public Art is Made in Vermont through Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail Commissions, Sculpture Symposia and Exchange programs. Opportunities for independent sculptors are expanded through our campus featuring three historic buildings for work in varied materials. Individuals make use of indoor and outdoor workspace to realize their unique creative visions at a reasonable cost. Studio space is available by the day, week or month.
Exhibitions & Events
Visitors are amazed by the wide variety of Monumental Sculptures on our grounds at the head of the former Marble Quarries and industrial area of the Vermont Marble Company. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden leads to an on-site Gallery that features the Annual Members' Exhibition, as well as One and Two Person Shows with work by Contemporary Artists. Each September we host SculptFest, an event focusing on Site Specific Installation and Performance. Public Art Initiatives include The Stone Bench Project, an opportunity for area teens to experience the Historic Craftsmanship and Culture of our region. The Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail, Symposia and Individual Artists in Residence also help us to bring Art into the Community. A portion of proceeds from the Sale of Art benefits Art Education programs at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. Space is available to Individuals and Groups for Event use at Reasonable Rates.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit arts education organization. Financial contributions are tax-deductible. There are many ways to support our mission including direct program support and contributions.