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.


Patty Robertson – President – retired, president of the Smithville Area Association; Smithville, Indiana
Steve Tourney – Vice President – Limestone Sculptor; Bloomington, Indiana

Board of Directors

Frank Young – BFA, MFA, Sculptor, Co-founder Indiana Limestone Symposium; Bloomington, Indiana
Cheryl Anne Lorance – BFA, MA, Sculpture and Painting; Indianapolis, Indiana
Richard Linnemeier – Sculptor; Bloomington, Indiana
Chad Riester – Bloomington, Indiana
Nora Liell – Bloomington, Indiana
Phil Hawn
Berndt Savig – BA, MFA, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture; Boulder, Colorado

Advisory Board

Amy Brier – Sculptor, Co-founder Indiana Limestone Symposium, Associate Professor Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, Indiana
Pat Fell Barker – CEO, B.G. Hoadley Quarries; Bloomington, Indiana
Dale Enochs – BFA, MFA, Sculptor; Bloomington, Indiana
Marc Fields – C.O.O. of The Compleat Sculptor; New York, New York
Janey Westin – Sculptor; Edina, Minnesota
Bill Holladay – Former President Indiana Limestone Symposium