Simeon A. Warren
Simeon Warren, Director of S.A. Warren & Daughters, Artistic Director of the Stone People Project. Dean Emeritus, Director of the Traditional Masonry Program and Professor of Architectural Stone at American College of the Building Arts. He lives, works and teaches in Charleston SC with his college sweet heart and two daughters. Born in Oldham, Lancashire he lived in a small village, Greenfield, on the Lancashire/Yorkshire boarder until the age of six when his family started to move every three years until he arrived in Charleston South Carolina where he now lives and plays.
Trained as an architectural stone carver at Weymouth College he completed his training under an apprenticeship at Lincoln Cathedral. He moved on to work at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons attaining the position of deputy yard foreman.
Somewhere in the middle of all that he became a conceptual and environmental artist studying at Glasgow School of Arts in the revered Environmental Art Program under David Harding. This experience enhanced his natural creative and sculptural ability and developed his conceptual theoretical practice.
Moving to the USA in 2001 and by chance, or some quirk of fate, arrived in Charleston SC at a time when a small organization, the School of Building Arts, was developing a college to train craftspeople in traditional and contemporary Building Arts practice. In 2004 Simeon delivered the College's initial License to the local Commission on Higher Education and hired the colleges faculty. The American College of Building Arts opened in Fall 2005, fully licensed, and in 2006 he attained the position of Dean of the College. Simeon continued to develop and delivered the colleges accreditation packages for both AALE and NASAD. In 2010 he made the decision to move way from administration stepping down as Dean in 2013 to concentrate on his family, teaching, private architectural stone practice and developing the ideas behind The Stone People.
In some respects the Stone People Project is the culmination, or continuation, of a journey.. An attempt to combine or deal with the conflict inherent within Traditional Craft and Contemporary Sculpture/Conceptual Art Practice.
He dreams of the cathedrals in the home country and shouts COME ON ENGLAND! really loudly when he watches the English football team play in hope of some miracle happening.
At present his focus is creating S.A.Warren & Daughters, a traditional stone carving, sculpture and conservation company alongside sleepless night thinking of The Stone People and adventures he will have in England.