Contemporary abstract figures in stone, from marble to sandstone to granite, has been Madeline Wiener’s main focus since studying at The New York School of Visual Arts from 1968-1974. A trip to Italy and her many days of sketching sculptures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York began Madeline’s journey in stone. Founder/director of The Marble Institute of Colorado, Madeline has remained intent on finding new and expressive ways to create her abstract figurative stone sculptures. Working trips to far-away places like Scotland and India have provided the opportunity to create site-specific, monumental public installations and fulfill Madeline's dream of using her art to foster cultural exchange. The creation of the Marble Institute of Colorado's MARBLE/marble Symposium has provided a venue for cultural exchanges between artists from different countries and varying disciplines.