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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)

Mark your calendars for the annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival set for February 8-13, 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.

The public is invited to observe the sculptors as they work throughout the week and to celebrate the completed sculptures on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 12-4pm in the park. Activities during Saturday’s free community event will be determined at a later day based on COVID-19 precautions.

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 six feet square by eight 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.

Family Event and Community Snow Sculpting

Community snow sculpting is a highlight of the Saturday Family Event, offering the public an opportunity to sculpt and create their own works of snow art. Volunteers pack several smaller blocks of snow in advance and 'sculptors' of all ages and all skill levels are invited to saw, chisel, sand, and carve throughout the day. Tools were provided.

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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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