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In partnership with the Dubuque Museum of Art, the City of Dubuque Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs will sponsor Art in the Park Snow Sculpting Event, a snow sculpting competition and a community snow sculpting event on Saturday, January 26th, from noon to 4 p.m. at Washington Park, 700 Locust St. The public is invited to attend the free events which are being offered as part of the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Second Saturdays event series.

Community Snow Sculpting event

All in this together

The community snow sculpting portion of the event offers the public an opportunity to sculpt as well, either as a team or individually.  Community teams or individuals of any age interested in creating snow sculptures of their own will have access to a limited number of designated blocks.  Tools will be provided.  Those interested in carving snow should wear clothing appropriate for the weather. The museum will feature new exhibitions to view including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibition, African American Art in the 20th Century. In addition, The Glab Family Art Studio will be open with lots of hands-on activities for all ages. Hot beverages will be available for purchase in the park gazebo and light refreshments will be offered in the museum lobby.

The snow sculpting competition will feature four teams including a Dubuque team that has participated in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in past years. Each team will begin with a six feet square by eight feet high block of manufactured snow.  They will begin carving on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and will have until noon on Saturday, Jan. 26, to complete their sculptures.  The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture for a People’s Choice Award. A State of Iowa award winner will be selected by local artist juror John Anderson Bricker and will advance to the U.S. National Snow and Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis.  Both winners will be announced at the event at 3:45 p.m.  

The event is supported through in-kind contributions from Sundown Mountain, Spahn & Rose Lumber Company, JaMar Pattern, Inc., and McCoy Trucking, and is a sanctioned WinterFun, Inc. contest.

For additional information, or questions on event schedule changes, contact the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563.557.1851 X111.

Professional Snow Sculpting Contest

Team Iowa