Amy Brier


It was exactly 30 years ago this past summer that I was a student in the program. This past summer I returned as a professor of sculpture. In 1982 I “smelled the stone dust for the first time”, and was hooked. I was inspired by the sculptor professor at that time, Horace Farlowe. After returning to the US I continued to pursue carving and a few years later trained as stone carver at St. John the Divine in NYC. After 6 years carving Indiana Limestone at the cathedral I left NYC and got an MFA at Indiana University in 1996. Staying in Bloomington, IN (in the heart of limestone country) I founded the Indiana Limestone Symposium in 1997, now in its 15th year. I am now producing commissions and am an Assistant professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. My current commission is a large interactive limestone installation of finger labyrinths for the New Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, to be completed in 2014.

It was wonderful to return to Cortona. The students were hard working and inspired, the faculty was first rate and a cohesive group. It was a fantastic summer all around, and I am gratified to have been able to share my passion and introduce students to the art and craft of stone carving. I was amazed at what they carved as beginners. Surrounded by the history and being able to see and respond to works of art (both in situ and in museums), both humble and those we know from art history slides, is an experience that is unique and has no comparison in our young country.
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