What is the UO Stone Carving Workshop?

The University of Oregon Department of Art and Academic Extension have partnered to offer this exciting stone carving opportunity available for UO credit at a unique off-campus sculpture symposium location.

NWSSA 20th Annual Silver Falls Stone Carving Symposium
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (30 minutes east of Salem)
UO Instructor: Tom Urban
August 23–28, 2013

Featured artists-in-attendance: Kazutaka Uchida, Matt Auvinen, Tracy Powell, and Stuart Kendall

UO course: ARTS 408/508
CRNs: 48009 undergraduate; 48010 graduate
Credit information: 1, 2, or 3 undergraduate or graduate credits, dependent on attending part or all of the symposium

The symposium includes instruction, workshops, mentoring, lodging, great food, air, and electricity. The lodge and work sites are set in an old growth forest with trails and nine waterfalls. There will be stone and tool dealers on site along with numerous guest artists.

Who can take this class?

This Stone Carving workshop is open to community members, artists and practitioners, and students. All levels of experience are welcome. There are no major/minor requirements or prerequisites.

Stone carving is physically demanding, especially in a concentrated workshop format. Participants need to be sixteen years or older.

How do I register?

Symposium Registration

In order to attend this symposium it is necessary to contact the Symposium Coordinator regardless of whether you choose to receive UO credit. Please note that you may also register in person on the first day of the symposium, August 23, 2014.

Tom Urban
541-912-2197 cell

Credit Registration

To receive UO credit, in addition to registering for the NWSSA Symposium, you must also register with the University of Oregon. UO credit enrollment is limited to ten participants.


UO Credit Self-Support Fee: $150/undergraduate credit or $225/graduate credit (This is in addition to the symposium fee.)

A self-support fee replaces tuition; it is not in addition to regular tuition. GTF tuition waivers and staff tuition benefits do not cover self-support fees.

Symposium 2014 Fee Options

Students must pay at least one of the options listed below.

Full Time

Cost Accomodation
$735 NWSSA Member (double occupancy, five days),
if register by August 1, 2014
$750 NWSSA Member (double occupancy, five days),
if register by August 1, 2014
$850 Non-Member (double occupancy, five days)
$893 NWSSA Member Single Room
$550 Student
$105 Early Arrival Friday Night (Dinner, B&B)
$90 Early Arrival Friday Night (B&B)

Part Time

Cost Accomodation
$165 Day Rate/overnight (includes three meals and lodging)
$95 Day Rate (includes lunch and dinner)
$50 Student Day Rate (no meals included)


Expect rain or shine and 65-75 degree weather. All participants should bring rain gear, sturdy shoes or boots, and protective clothing. The class will be held outside under shelter. Do not wear sandals.


Participants supply their own carving shelter, tools, and stone. Some tools and work stands will be available for those enrolled for UO credit.


Tom Urban

Tom Urban

Tom Urban is a retired Associate Professor from the University of Oregon and was the founding director of the EMU Craft Center. He has a courtesy appointment in the University of Oregon Art Department where he has taught sculpture classes over the past twelve years. He was also co-founding instructor for the University of Oregon Stone Sculpture workshop. He teaches at numerous sculpture symposiums and shows his work in Northwest galleries. Urban has a M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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