Harry Whitehorse International

Wood Sculpture Symposium

JUNE 14 – JUNE 22, 2024

A week of wood sculpture and community at San Damiano in Monona, Wisconsin.

Fri., June 14 • 5 pm
Opening Ceremony
Ho-Chunk Color Guard, Thundercloud Singers, and Dancers

June 15 -22 • 9 am – 6 pm
Artist Working Hours

Sat., June 22 • 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Closing Ceremony & Reception


The Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Symposium pays tribute to the late Monona, Wisconsin sculptor Harry Whitehorse by hosting a symposium that celebrates the art of contemporary and traditional wood sculpting. Eleven world-renowned sculptors will join us for a weeklong artist-in-residence. The Symposium will feature the creation of new sculptures, an exhibition of previous works, demonstrations, food, and entertainment.

Unique & Innovative

This is the first invitational International Symposium ever dedicated to an indigenous person. It brings global culture to our neighborhood and creates connections with community, indigenous and international artists in a way that’s never been done before.

Gene Delcourt

Gene Delcourt is a wood sculptor living in Madison, WI. During his MFA studies at UW-Madison he sought Harry Whitehorse’s guidance to further his studies. Harry convinced Gene to attend international wood carving symposiums abroad, leading him to participate in six European events. His dream was to bring an event like this home and the first annual Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Symposium was born.

Photo: © 2023 Gregory Bleck Friends of San Damiano

The Site: San Damiano

Dejope, the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, will be the site of the waterfront Symposium Village, known in modern times as San Damiano in Monona, WI.

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Featured Artists

Six to ten world-renowned wood sculpture artists will be invited to the symposium. 

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