Cary Shafer
Bytes and Pieces

March – April 2016 Off-Site Exhibitor

A native of Indiana, Cary attended the Chicago Art Institute before completing four years of training with Italian master-carver Vincent Palumbo at Washington’s National Cathedral.  Apprenticed in the historic tradition, Cary learned stone carving’s complex body of technical knowledge, its secrets to stones, the preferred tools for varying stages of work, and the techniques for achieving light and shadow. Among the many ornamental stones, Cary carved the final gargoyle on the cathedral.

From studios across the United States and in Europe, Cary’s work continues to evolve as he explores the boundaries of his art on the personal and the large-scale.  Completing many unusual, private commissions, he has also contributed to projects nationwide, served as Artist-in-Residence at Crazy Horse Mountain, South Dakota, and conducted restoration work at the White House.

Cary’s skill and spirit of creativity allows him to envision the unique and to execute site-specific requests with masterful attention to detail.  As fluidly, this same aesthetic has led him to embrace art direction in the film industry, and to share the significance of his work in lectures at schools and universities.  With each new project, Cary finds new opportunity for challenge and inspiration that draws on one of the oldest, rarest crafts in the world.