Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival logo from 2019

Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival - The State of Iowa's Official Snow Sculpting Competition 

(Formerly known as Art in the Park Snow Sculpting Event)

Mark your calendars for the annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival set for February 5-8, 2020 in Dubuque’s downtown Washington Park at 700 Locust St. This free, family-friendly event is brought to you by the Dubuque Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Dubuque's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Winterfun, Inc. Sculpting will take place Wednesday through noon on Saturday, with 5 teams working day and night to turn blocks of 288 cubic feet of snow into masterful works of art. The winning team will have the opportunity to represent the state at the 2021 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI.

The public is invited to observe the sculptors as they work throughout the week and to celebrate the completed sculptures on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12-4pm in the park. Saturday’s free community event will include free admission to the Museum, warm beverages being served, food available for purchase, and the opportunity for all ages to try their hand at sculpting snow the way the pros do!

Snow Sculpting Competition

The 2019 snow sculpting competition featured four teams including a Dubuque team that has participated in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in past years. Each team began with a six feet square by eight feet high block of manufactured snow.  They began carving on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and had until noon on Saturday, Jan. 26, to complete their sculptures. The public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture for a People’s Choice Award. A State of Iowa award winner was selected by local artist juror John Anderson Bricker and advanced to the U.S. National Snow and Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 

Winning sculpture of snow sculpting competition 2019
All in this together

Family Event and Community Snow Sculpting

The community snow sculpting portion of the event offered the public an opportunity to sculpt, either as a team or individually.  Community teams or individuals of any age interested in creating snow sculptures of their own were given access to a limited number of designated blocks. Tools were provided for the community members.

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For event details, to volunteer, or to learn about competing in an upcoming snow sculpting competition, contact Kay Schroeder, Marketing and Events Manager at the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563-557-1851, ext: 111.


The annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival 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. It is produced through a partnership between the Dubuque Museum for the Arts and the City of Dubuque.

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