The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association was founded in 1984 with the purpose of providing access to stone and stone carving tools and to promote stone sculpting in the Northwest.
We have since grown to include stone sculptors and associates throughout the western US, Canada, and other parts of the world. NWSSA is a nonprofit membership organization that received federal tax exempt 501c status in l995. Our mission is to nurture the community of stone sculptors by developing educational opportunities, providing a support system to members, and facilitating interaction with regional, national, and international communities.
NWSSA organizes major symposia in the Pacific Northwest, hosts group shows, publishes a Journal Newsletter Sculpture Northwest, houses (work in progress) online tool manual, Grindopedia, and operates a web site as well as an email discussion group.
Symposia and other Events: NWSSA has hosted annual symposia since 1987 where stone sculptors, stone and tool suppliers, and friends gather to work and play in a friendly and supportive setting. Two symposia are hosted each year: The biggest event is the annual International Stone Carving symposium held in Mt. Vernon, Washington during July. In early fall NWSSA hosts the Silver Falls Symposium, a smaller, more intimate affair, at the beautiful Silver Falls Park in Oregon.
NWSSA hosts other events. During the spring, the association puts on an exhibit at the very large flower and garden show in Seattle. This is where lots of the members pitch in to show the northwest public what we are up to. And throughout the year members band together to put on shows at various venues around the northwest.
Publications. NWSSA publishes the quarterly journal and newsletter SCULPTURE NORTHWEST containing artistic and technical articles. A popular feature of each issue is an interview with a selected member with pictures of their work. Sculpture Northwest can now be found online and is in the members only area of this site.
Email List: Over 300 people subscribe to the NWSSA Email List. Anyone interested in Stone Sculpture is invited to join.
Membership in NWSSA is $70.00 per year. Members receive a subscription to our quarterly journal SCULPTURE NORTHWEST, voting privileges, and discounted member rates at symposia and workshops. Newsletter subscription without membership is $30.00 (U.S.) per year. Student membership is 35.00
Currently there approximately 200 members, mostly living in the western US and Canada. Leadership is provided by elected officers, a board of directors, volunteer symposium directors, and various working groups all who rotate through their positions every few years, encouraging everyone to get involved.
You don't have to be a member to attend symposia or receive the newsletter, but being a member gets you discounts and other benefits.