Join Continuing Education on a return trip to Vermont, this one virtual. We are excited to lead you to Rutland, Vermont. Formerly a thriving home to the Vermont Marble Company, Rutland is making a mark in stone once again. The now-defunct quarries serve as an international study and exhibition venue for artists and a recently created sculpture trail honors people and events with local, national, and international significance. In addition, Rutland is renewing its landscape with murals, galleries, and plantings.
The tour will be led by Amanda Sisk, designer and sculptor of some of the trail’s featured sculptures: American Revolutionary War heroine Ann Story; Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International; author Julia Dorr; and Vermont’s first African-American restaurant owner, Ernie Royal. With her Wisconsin roots, Amanda is perfectly suited to lead our Continuing Education group to Rutland. She will also touch on some of her work as an Artist-in-Residence for the National Park System.
Amanda Sisk studied in the United States and Europe. She served two seasons as the Sculptor-in-Residence at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (Cornish, NH), and in 2013, her work was awarded the National Sculpture Society’s Dexter Jones Award for bas-relief sculpture. She was the 2015 recipient of The Gibbons Prize for New England Sculptors, and in 2016, she served as the first Artist-in-Residence at the historic Gov. John Langdon House (Portsmouth, NH). In addition to her work for the Rutland Sculpture Trail, Amanda has most recently completed a sculpture for Padre Island National Seashore (TX). Portraiture continues to be a focus while she is increasingly drawn to using all-natural and repurposed materials in contemplative works, which have been exhibited internationally.