Stone Quarry Hill Art Park

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Coordinates: 42°54′42″N 75°50′04″W / 42.9117348°N 75.834509°W / 42.9117348; -75.834509

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is a public, outdoor art park located in Cazenovia, New York. It consists of 104 acres (44 ha) of land and over four miles of hiking trails. Founded by Dorothy and Robert Riester, it became an official venue in 1991 and is one of the first art parks to be established in the United States.[1]

The Art Park serves a dual mission: preservation of the land, and the creation and exhibition of works inspired by the relationship between art and nature.[2] It showcases both established and emerging artists including sculptors, installation artists, performance and 2-dimensional fine artists. Its venues include permanent and visiting outdoor installations, the Winner Gallery and an artist in residency program. In addition, the park hosts several annual events including the Syracuse Ceramic Guild Pottery Fair, and Kite Fest. Its educational program hosts demonstrations and lecturers, as well as a children's summer camp. The park is operated by a small hired staff, a working Board of Directors, and volunteers.

Cazenovia was established in 1793 by John Linklaen. In the 1840s the quarry was opened, giving the area its name today. The foundations, hedgerows and a few apple tree plantings make up the "Homestead Site," the oldest remains on the property. This was the site of the early 19th century farm of Mary Hackley.[3] Edwin and Gulda Clark united the land briefly in the 1920s. The Riesters made their first land purchase in 1958, which included the then uninhabited hilltop. From 1959–1965 they worked on building a house on the hilltop. Dorothy designed the house, shaped like a cone on its side, in keeping with the contours of the hill and considering the wind direction and bedrock of the land.[4] The Hilltop House is a work of art in itself, much of it hand built by the couple. It is complete with a six-walled library and music room, a greenhouse plant room, handmade tiles for the kitchen and bath, sand-cast walls and fireplace, concrete work and painting, all entering from an ivy-inhabited Genkong. An A-frame art studio was also built to accommodate Dorothy's practice. In 1970 the site began its path as a place of artistic activity with the addition of the Art Barn studio, which became a base for the Syracuse Ceramic Guild. The studio was equipped with electric, salt and raku kilns, and has hosted lectures from ceramicists including Franz Wildenhain and Daniel Rhodes.


Barbara Andrus resident in 2007
Michele Brody Elusive Walkways, Piney Wood Path 1999 cement and pigment 15′×3′
Howie Sneider Outcropping 2011 cement and wool
Reiko Aoyagi Flow 2006 earth
Dianne Banks Layers of Time 2005 exercise ball, tape, and hay
Emilie Brzezinski Spruce Echos 2005 spruce trunks 15′ high
Anne Cofer A Sense of Place 2003 overgrown tree limbs
Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable Mary Hackley Treehouse 2002 wood and other materials 14'×10'×10'
Charles Frazier Effendi 1996 wood lattice and clematis 32′×18′×16′
John Fitzsimmons With Quiet Eyes 2007 glass
Frank Gonzales Gnomen 1995 steel 17.75′×9′×18′
Rita Hammond My First Leica 1999 bronzed Leica camera
David Harper A Tree Fell 2005 found wood, welded steel
David Harper In Box 2005 wood
Sook Jin Jo Meditation Space 2000 metal, wood 168″×162″×150″
Jonathan Kirk Archimedes' Principle 1998 galvanized steel 48″×120″×102″
Eva and Milan Lapka Inamoviblita 1994 ceramic 1 unit 4′ tall, 3 units 18″×6″
Richard Lee Supplication inst 1995 carved granite
Dariusz Lipski Induction 1992 one-ton boulders, steel, ashes 80′×10′×4′
Enriquo Lopez-Chicheri Blizardo Diablo 1993 steel, concrete 8′×6′×18′
Rodger Mack Hallelujah Handel welded steel
Jazz Getz 1989 welded steel 114″×84″×35″
Jazz Diz 1990 welded steel 83″×56″×30″
John McCarty Grey Eminence/Tremblay
Carl Reed The Outlyers 1995 hardwood timbers, wedges, steel 8 units 11′×12′×12′
Brian Rust Earth Ear 1995 soil, cement, steel mesh 5′×10′×30′
Steven Siegel Facing Love 30 1999 newspaper and trees 12′×20′×17′
Denise Stillwagon Leone 9/11 Memorial 2004 glass, steel, wood
Takashi Soga Silent Beam 2001 painted steel 11′×27.25′×11.6′
John VonBergen Dervish and Grand Camore III 2007 welded steel
Kim Waale Amphitheater concrete
Pat Warner Woodland Nostalgia 2002 wood
[Matthew Weber] [1] Tile Cone Stacks 2005 salvaged clay roofing tiles six stacks, variable diameters × 3′ high
Susan Winks Earth 2002 adobe and cement 2.5′×7.5′
Water 2002 adobe and cement
Al Zaruba The Scent of Light (The Boat) 2000 wood, trees, stone, CDs, mixed media, fire 16′×25′×82′


  1. ^ Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Website - About
  2. ^ Art and the Land Dorothy Riester, 2006
  3. ^ Art and the Land Dorothy Riester, 2006
  4. ^ Art and the Land Dorothy Riester, 2006

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