About our annual symposium

The symposium is created by a committee of sculptors, directed by the Board of Directors of California Sculptors Symposium, Inc.
The purpose of the symposium is to offer a unique experience for adults who are professional and non-professional sculptors in different mediums. The committee selects professional sculptors as instructors for daily workshops and to assist individuals throughout the week. A large generator and air compressor for stone carvers is rented for the entire time. A professional life model is used for drawing and working in clay. We have 3 meals a day together in the camp's large dining room. We offer sleeping space in new and comfy straw bale lodges, and offer a discount for those who prefer to sleep at home or in other local accommodations.

Sculpture By The Sea
(our annual sculpture show at the symposium) This non-juried show is for participants of the symposium. We have a judge and present awards. The setting offers an inspirational showcase of sculptures.

Silent Auction and Live Auction
During the symposium, we have a silent and Live Auction that allow us to support student registrations. Attendees donate all of the auction items and we all have a good time.

Students - Students who are currently enrolled in professional art education are allowed to attend at a discount. Selected students are sponsored by the generosity of our suppliers.

Cambria community - The camp is on the ocean side of the quaint artsy village of Cambria. We appreciate the several hundred Cambrians who visit our symposium and sculpture show and learn more about the creation of sculptures and leave with great art for their homes.

California Sculptors Symposium Inc (CSS INC)

In 2002, Fayrene Parrish and members of the Central Coast Sculptors Group in San Luis Obispo created a 5-day retreat for sculptors. In 2003, this event changed to the California Sculptors Symposium (CSS) and has been hosted by Camp Ocean Pines each year.

In October 2005, the 5 member Board of Directors formed California Sculptors Symposium Inc, as a non-profit corporation. In October 2007 we were awarded 501c3 federal tax-exempt status.

The purpose of CSS INC is to provide an educational symposium for sculptors at least once annually.