What We Do

The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium is an annual community event designed to elevate the awareness and appreciation of public art in Nashua. Nashua is the only city in the U.S. which hosts an annual international sculpture symposium.   Nashua has celebrated its International Sculpture Symposium since 2008.

Artists are invited from around the world to spend three weeks in Nashua creating public art.  Residents host the artists in their homes, bring meals as they work, provide transportation, and interact with the artists as they create.  The completed sculptures are then placed in public places .

Our Work

The artists’ stipend plus materials are the only costs.  All other needs for a successful event are generously donated by the community.  The Picker Artists at 3 Pine Street in Nashua hosted our event in 2019 and continue to do so in 2020.

Throughout the three weeks of the Symposium, people have the opportunity to sign up to provide lunch and dinner for the artists.  Host families open their homes, providing a place for the artists to sleep and have breakfast.  Any travel, to and from the airport, or host families, is provided by volunteers.

Our Goals

As well as bringing public art to the community, the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium also educates the artists about creating large-scale sculpture pieces, exposes the public to different cultures and sculpture techniques and creates sustainable art in the City.

Sculptors are chosen for their ability to contribute positively to the artistic and cultural development of Nashua.  The goal is that the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium will help improve the quality of life for both visitors and residents alike.

The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium is an annual spring event to bring a few artists from around the world to Nashua, NH. These artists come for 3 weeks, during which time they each develop a sculpture which is displayed in the City as public art, promoting art in the community.

Countries represented in past Symposiums include Vietnam, Egypt, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, England, Ireland, Italy, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Korea, Mongolia, Republic of Georgia, Zimbabwe, France, Peru, Native America (US), India, Lithuania, Greece, Scotland, Argentina, Kenya, New Zealand and others from around the US.

The 2020 Symposium welcomes artists from Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

The 2020 Nashua International Sculpture Symposium will be held August 20 through September 12.

The 2020 Nashua International Sculpture Symposium will be the thirteenth annual Symposium, which began in 2008.

The sculptors will be working at The Picker Artists’ building, at 3 Pine Street, Nashua.

Yes, the best times to visit the work site are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Picker Artists for the 2020 Symposium.

The Opening will be held on Thursday evening August 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Picker Artists.  Live streaming for all to join us.
The Closing will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the installation site.  Live streaming for all to join us.

A map of the previously created sculptures can be found here. You can also find an informational brochure and photos for download at the bottom of that webpage.

The money needed to cover artists’ stipends, transportation, materials and other expenses comes primarily from sculpture sponsorships, generous public donations, grants and fundraisers.

We welcome people to observe the sculptors carving their unique sculptures, join us for the opening and closing ceremonies, to contribute monetarily, and/or volunteer your help for the Symposium and/or fundraisers. You can volunteer to drive the artists to and from the work site or from the airport, as well as prepare meals to be served at the site. In addition, we are always looking for funding for our sculptures. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please click here.

NISS Board of Directors

Back row: Larry Hersch 9emeritus), David Tiller, Gail Moriarty, Tanya Prather, Kate Pritchard Front row: Grace Schroeder, Nina Stylianos, Dotty Silber, Bonnie Guercio, Elaine Oulundsen
Back row: Larry Hersch (emeritus), David Tiller, Gail Moriarty, Tanya Prather, Kate Pritchard .... Front row: Grace Schroeder, Nina Stylianos, Dotty Silber, Bonnie Guercio, Elaine Oulundsen