About the Indiana Limestone Symposium

The Indiana Limestone Symposium was founded in 1996 by two master stone sculptors, Amy Brier and Frank Young. It’s based on the Greek model of gathering for discussion and celebration, and continues the tradition of sculpture symposia that are common in Europe and Asia. The Symposium’s instructors believe that anyone with the desire to carve can learn how. The atmosphere is relaxed, congenial, and non-judgmental. Instructors are available at all times to guide participants through the process of carving from start to finish.

“First time I hit the chisel, all the lights went on.”
– Ned Cunningham, lead carver and Symposium instructor

The Indiana Limestone Symposium provides programs and activities to all persons regardless of race, color, gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, political belief, disability, veteran status, age, or any other category protected by the State of Indiana or by Federal law.

Our Mission

The mission of the Indiana Limestone Symposium is to teach and share the art and tradition of carving limestone.


Michal Ann Carley – President, artist, curator, co-owner Luna Song Designs
Amy Brier – Vice President, sculptor, co-founder, Limestone Symposium, Associate Professor Ivy Tech Community College
Sue West – Treasurer; retired CPA
Mary Anne Sterling – Owner, “Marketink, Inc.”, amateur painter

Board of Directors

Amy Brier – Vice President, Sculptor, Co-Founder, Limestone Symposium, Associate Professor Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington IN
Michal Ann Carley – President, artist, blacksmith, painter at “Luna Song Designs”, Bloomington, IN
Cheryl Lorance – Sculptor, Painter, Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN
Patty Robertson – Retired; president of the Smithville Area Association
Charles J. Savage – Photographer and owner, Buckbeech Studios
Mary Anne Sterling – Owner, Marketink, Inc., a marketing communications company, amateur painter
Steve Tourney – Limestone Sculptor
Sue West – Treasurer; retired
Frank Young – Artist and Limestone Sculptor

Advisory Board

Pat Fell Barker – CEO, B.G. Hoadley Quarries
Cem Basman – Principal, Turquoise Planet Consulting Bloomington, Indiana Professional Training & Coaching
Mark Carroll – Sculptor, Phoenix, Arizona
Dale Enochs – Sculptor, Bloomington, Indiana
Marc Fields – President, The Compleat Sculptor, New York, New York
Janey Westin – Sculptor, Edina, Minnesota