Open Call for Artist Proposals for the Second Annual Winter Ice Sculpture Show!

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Winter Village by Julienne Schaer
Governors Island Winter Village by Julienne Schaer

New York City-based artists and artist teams are invited to submit ideas for an ice sculpture, to be completed at the second annual Governors Island Arts Winter Ice Sculpture Show on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Ice sculpture competitions and exhibitions have a long history around the world but are not typically seen on a grand scale in New York City—and are often limited to artists who specialize in ice carving. The Governors Island Winter Ice Show strives to democratize this popular activity, transforming it into one open to all artists regardless of discipline and previous experience.

Ten proposals will be selected to compete by a distinguished jury of New York City-based cultural leaders. Selected artists or teams will receive an award of $2,000 to participate, and will be provided with tools, production materials, and will be matched with a professional ice carver from Okamoto Studio to complete the work on the day of the event. An ice carving orientation for all selected artists and teams will take place prior to the event at Okamoto Studios. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Hosted by Governors Island Arts in partnership with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and with the expert guidance of Okamoto Studio, the show is an exciting one-day event where visitors will be able to experience live ice carving, enjoy music and warm drinks, and vote on their favorite works for the “People’s Choice Award,” presented to the fan favorite.

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