Chris Pellettieri, Stone Carver,  My Life in Stone Carving in New York


The lecture starts at 6:30 P.M.  – RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Stone Carver, Chris Pellettieri specializes in free-hand sculpture, decorative design, architectural ornamental work, portraiture and lettering. He is both a skilled craftsman and an exceptional artist, using both areas of expertise to shape stone distinctively.   A background in geometry played a major role in Mr. Pellettieri’s approach to stonework. During his talk, he will discuss his methodology and the different techniques he uses, particularly “direct carving”, and will explain how he applies his hammer and chisel to follow traditional carving techniques, that are centuries old.

Chris Pelletieri’s training, over twenty years ago at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, in a stone masonry apprenticeship program profoundly impacted his life and work. He was one of the last to be trained before the stone yard closed in 1995 and stayed on as an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral doing prestigious commissions for institutions and individuals.  In 2009, he was awarded the Arthur Ross Award for Artisanship from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. His work has been exhibited widely including The Museum of Arts and Design as part of the best “Makers” in New York City. Two years ago, he established a nonprofit organization, Pellettieri Stone Carvers’ Academy whose mission is to give exposure to the activity of stone carving and to provide training in the traditional methods. For more information on Chris Pellettieri, please visit


20 WEST 44th Street (BETWEEN 5TH AND 6th AVENUES), New York City.

Advance registration is suggested.  Admission: $15 General admission; $10 General Society members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students. For reservations please click here


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural A­ffairs, in partnership with the City Council.