Gallery

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Gallery

Our Gallery showcases contemporary artwork in a historic setting. The Gordon Marshall Coping Shop was originally used by the Vermont Marble Company for fabrication of stone architectural elements. Since acquiring the building in 2009, we have restored and renovated to provide creative and display space for our arts education organization. A diverse series of shows and installations follows our Annual Members’ Exhibition each Spring.

Call to Artists – Annual Members’ Exhibition

Opening reception for the 2018 CSSC Annual Members’ Exhibition. Photo by Denis Yanashot.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces their Annual Members’ Exhibition, June 8-July 14, 2019 at the Gallery, 636 Marble Street in West Rutland.  All members of the non-profit arts education organization have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition. Artists of all levels have the chance to exchange ideas after the often-solitary winter. There will be a reception for the artists, open to the public, on Saturday, June 8, 5-7 PM.

Space in the exhibit is limited, so members who plan to participate should let the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center know as soon as possible. The deadline to receive works is Friday, May 31, 2019.  Membership must be current to exhibit, (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org to renew or become a member.

 

Call to Artists – SculptFest2019

Changes

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest2019, September 7-October 20. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is Changes, guest curated by Bill Wolff, Assistant Professor and Head of the Sculpture area at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Few things, if any, are constant. Reflection on the past, contemplations of the inexorable transition to the future and the transitory nature of the present are part of daily life and have been the bread and butter of many artists.

Rutland, the quarries, the former manufacturing facilities of the Vermont Marble Company and the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center itself are no exceptions. Change is evident throughout the properties surrounding the vibrant activity in and around the CSSC: small trees grow through old railway lines, unused buildings and industrial equipment slowly become part of the landscape, or are recalled into service. Signs of seasonal change are evident in the landscapes around Rutland, changes in population and demographics are evident in the city itself and the buildings. Cultural change is evident across the land. We change from day to day and from year to year.

Artists responding are encouraged to think across and between creative disciplines and media, and to pursue metaphors connecting small-scale changes with social, historical, natural and geologic change, and of course, the CSSC and its grounds.

We invite sculptors, installation artists, sound artists, video artists, web-based artists, performance based visual artists, multimedia and other artists to submit work to this call.

TO APPLY:

Applications are due Friday, June 28th, 2019, and should include:

A one-page project description.

Clearly labeled drawings or equivalent representations of the proposed project.

Artist’s resume (no more than two pages)

10 images and/or videos of previous work with an emphasis on the ephemeral and site-specific.

An image list with material, scale, location and a brief summary of each work.

A brief artist statement of no more than 250 words.

Images must be in jpeg format, under 1MB, and clearly labeled to correspond to the image list. Videos may use website links, but please confirm that the links work.

All text documents must be in pdf format and include the artists last name and type of document (Example: Name_Resume, or Name_Project_Description).

Please mail proposals to: SculptFest2019, The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777 or email to info@carvingstudio.org.

 

Recent Work by Sculptor Ed Smith Exhibit Opens July 7

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center presents an exhibit of Recent Work by sculptor Ed Smith July 7-August 5, 2018. Mr. Smith’s work in bronze and plaster uses classical imagery to explore the “mythic and heroic aspects of the Artist and man.” https://www.edsmithfineart.com.  There will be an opening reception in the CSSC gallery at 636 Marble Street on Saturday, July 7, 5-7 PM. The public is welcome to the event, with refreshments and music by the Harry Drum Trio. There will be a special ceremony dedicating the Gordon Marshall Coping Shop at 5:30.

Call to Artists- 2018 Annual Members’ Exhibition

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces their Annual Members’ Exhibition, June 9-30, 2018 at the Gallery, 636 Marble Street in West Rutland.  All members of the non-profit arts education organization have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition. Artists of all levels have the chance to exchange ideas after the often-solitary winter. There will be a reception for the artists, open to the public, on Saturday, June 9, 5-7 PM.

Space in the exhibit is limited, so members who plan to participate should let the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center know as soon as possible. The deadline to receive works is Friday, June 1, 2018.  Membership must be current to exhibit, (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org to renew or become a member.

Call to Artists – SculptFest 2018

interdependence

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2018, September 8 – October 21. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is interdependence, guest curated by Alisa Dworsky. Ms. Dworsky is an artist and architectural designer who lives and works in Montpelier, Vermont.

Interdependence reflects a form of symbiosis, the interaction between two or more elements for the benefit of all. Interdependency is a state of mutual support.

The concept of interdependence can serve as a lens to understand the relationships within natural systems and between people, industries, nation-states, structural components and abstract forms. The modern era is defined, in part, by an increase in interdependency. As our technologies, economies, and cultures have evolved they are more apt to be tied to complex systems of mutual reliance. We have always been in a state of interdependence with our natural systems. Within many fields of study, we examine the interdependence of factors that drive outcomes.

Within the field of art and the practice of art it is useful to ask in what ways our practices are dependent on the work of other artists or other works of art. How are we influenced and inspired by fellow artists? How do we in turn support others? What other systems of mutual support drive creativity? Nothing we achieve is accomplished alone.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center occupies a site shaped by an industry’s need for the marble below the surface. The transformation of this defunct quarry into a thriving art center reflects a web of supporting relationships, not least that between the art exhibited and the site. How does the site impact the art made and exhibited here and how does this art shape the way we understand, move through and experience this place?

Artist’s responding to this call are encouraged to think across and between creative disciplines and media. We invite artists from a wide range of approaches to submit work to this call including sculptors, installation artists, sound artists, video artists, web based artists, performance based visual artists, and multimedia artists. Please visit the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center website for more information about the history of the grounds as a former marble quarry, www.carvingstudio.org.

Proposals should include: A one-page project description, sketches, photos or other visual representations of proposed project; Artist’s resume; Up to 10 images of previous works (emphasis on site-specific); Artist statement. Applications are due Friday, June 22nd, 2018.

Please mail proposals to “SculptFest 2018” The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777 or email to info@carvingstudio.org (each image must be in jpeg format, under 1MB, text documents in pdf format, videos may use website/YouTube/Vimeo links).

 

Holly Wong Installation

July 14-August 20

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is pleased to announce an installation by San Francisco artist Holly Wong July 14-August 20, 2017. “Biology of Thought” speaks to the hard to define nature of being whole and alive. Using various materials such as medical gauze, oxygen tubing, wire, Dura-Lene plastic, fashion magazine clippings, and plastic bags, Ms. Wong strives to reconnect in herself what has been fragmented. There will be an opening reception, free and open to the public, for the artist at 636 Marble Street, West Rutland, on Friday, July 14, 5-7 PM. https://hollywongart.com/

 

2017 Annual Members’ Exhibition June 10-July 9

 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces their Annual Members’ Exhibition, June 10-July 9, 2017 at the Gallery, 636 Marble Street in West Rutland.  All members of the non-profit arts education organization have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition. Artists of all levels have the chance to exchange ideas after the often-solitary winter. There will be a reception for the artists, open to the public, on Saturday, June 10, 5-7 PM with refreshments and live music by Rick Redington.

Call to Artists – SculptFest 2017 – “The State of Hope”

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2017, September 10 – October 23. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is “The State of Hope” guest curated by artist Whitney Ramage.

In recent history hope has been the apex political rhetoric. What does it mean to us now? How can we resist mounting despair? Hope in dark times is more vital than hope in times of prosperity. Without it there can be no action. In times like these, artists have a responsibility to push forward.

By examining hope from all possible angles we will seek to gain forward momentum. One of art’s fundamental purposes is to reorient us in relation to the world, to each other and to ourselves. It is a method re-thinking the status quo. It is a research practice based on exploration and an opportunity to illuminate aspects of our society and by so doing alter our collective experience. Perhaps it can teach us new ways to hope. Now more than ever rethinking is key to our collective survival. Now more than ever we need artists to reorient us to our humanity.

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for sculpture, installation, video or performance to be exhibited on the historic grounds of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, Vermont. Artists are encouraged to visit the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center website for more information about the history of the grounds as a former marble quarry, www.carvingstudio.org.

Proposals should include: A one-page project description, sketches, photos or other visual representations of proposed project; Artist’s resume; Up to 10 images of previous works (emphasis on site-specific); Artist statement

Applications are due Friday, June 23th, 2017.

Please mail proposals to “SculptFest 2017” The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777 (materials will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage) or email to info@carvingstudio.org (each image must be in jpeg format, under 1MB, text documents in pdf format, videos may use website/Youtube/Vimeo links).

SculptFest

At the end of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center summer workshop season, eight to twelve invited sculptors create works that stand out in our post-industrial landscape. The resulting work is always eclectic and thought provoking. SculptFest opening receptions are gala affairs featuring live music/performance, a fine art raffle and a singular opportunity to meet the creators of the sculpture. Site-specific art in a unique setting- SculptFest is a wonderful time to pay a visit.