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

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

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Mark your calendars for the annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival set for February 10-13, 2021 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 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 2022 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, WI.

Sculptors begin their work on Wednesday, February 10 and have through noon on Saturday to transform their 288 cubic feet block of snow into a work of art. The public is invited to visit the park to view the progress throughout the week.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Saturday afternoon family-event will shift to safer, socially distanced or home-based opportunities including alternate methods for people's choice voting, sharing of suggested at-home snow sculpting activities, and promotion of drive-by or socially distanced on foot viewing of the completed pieces.

Snow Sculpting Competition

The 2020 snow sculpting competition featured 5 teams including student teams from Clarke University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each team began with a 6 feet square by 8 feet high block of manufactured snow.  They began carving on Wednesday and continued through noon on Saturday. With 700+ votes choosing the People's Choice and a panel of arts practitioners including Sean Scott, Mary Bergs, and Gene Tully reviewed and scored the snow sculptures to select and advanced one team to the U.S. National Snow and Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 

Volunteers are currently being recruited to help packing snow on Monday, February 8, 2021 to create the blocks of snow. Details on when, where, and what volunteers are needed to assist with are available online or by contacting Kay Schroeder, Marketing and Engagement Manager at the Dubuque Museum of Art at kschroeder@dbqart.org or 563.599.9486.

Family Event and Community Snow Sculpting

Winter Arts would typically conclude with a free, family-friendly gathering and festival with hands-on activities and food trucks in Washington Park on Saturday, February 13 from 12-4 p.m. To best ensure the health and safety of our community amidst ongoing COVID-19 concerns, this year's Winter Arts activities have shifted to instead include: 

  • Interviews with sculpting teams throughout the week via Facebook
  • Suggesting snow-sculpting inspired activities that families can do at home
  • Encouraging drive-by or socially distanced on foot viewing of completed sculptures
  • Online voting for People's Choice award

Updates will be released as available through the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs' and the Dubuque Museum of Art's Facebook pages. You can also signup to release arts and culture related news through the City of Dubuque's Notify Me options or at the bottom of the Dubuque Museum of Art's website.

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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 563.599.9486.

CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S VIDEO TO SEE THE 2020 SCULPTORS IN ACTION AND TO FIND OUT WHO WON!

The annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition 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 with financial support from Barton Wealth Management, LLC. KWWL is the event's official media sponsor.

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