Governors Island Winter Ice Sculpture Show

Governors Island Inaugural Winter Ice Sculpture Show

Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 12pm – 2pm
Winter Village at Colonels Row on Governors Island

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Presented in partnership with The Trust for Governors Island

On Satur­day, Feb­ru­ary 18, 2023, The Trust for Governors Island and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council present the 2nd Annual Governors Island Winter Ice Sculpture Show!

Governors Island Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council are thrilled to announce a call for proposals for the 2023 edition of Governors Island Arts’ Winter Ice Sculpture Show.

New York City-based artists and artist teams are invit­ed to sub­mit ideas for an ice sculp­ture, to be com­plet­ed at the second annual Win­ter Ice Sculp­ture Show on Satur­day, Feb­ru­ary 18, 2023. Ten pro­pos­als will be select­ed by a dis­tin­guished jury of New York City cul­tur­al lead­ers, including Shintaro Okamoto (Okamoto Studios). 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.

 

The deadline to submit your proposal has passed.

 

Applicant & Project Eligibility

Artists of all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to propose an idea for an ice sculpture. Artists can submit independently or work as a team. Each selected work will receive a single award of $2,000.

Artists should propose a work based on the use of a clear ice block sized approximately 40” x 20” x 10”. The work does not need to remain in block dimensions. It will be constructed with ice carving tools allowing it to be cut, remolded, and shaped to varying dimensions. Each block will be carved on site under the council of a professional ice sculptor, and each artist or team will need to be able to operate power tools (with instruction) and lift ice and heavy objects when needed. Please note that any additional materials required for the proposed design, not outlined above, should be supplied by the artist.

Public Event & Selection

Sculptures will be carved in a two-hour public event on Governors Island, from 12pm – 2pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Artists will need to be available for an orientation at Okamoto Studios on a weekday between Feb 6-9 (date to be announced) as well as be on site at Governors Island starting at 10:30am on the day of the show (Saturday, February 18, 2023).

Ten projects will be selected by the jury and notified by Friday, February 3, 2023 and winning submissions will be published online. Artists are encouraged to invite friends, fans, colleagues, and family to attend as additional fun prizes will be awarded to artists and artist teams on the day of the event through audience participation. An artist reception will follow the show and sculptures will remain on view on Governors Island until they melt.

 

 

New York City-based artists and artist teams are invit­ed to sub­mit ideas for an ice sculp­ture, to be com­plet­ed at the second annual Win­ter Ice Sculp­ture Show on Satur­day, Feb­ru­ary 18, 2023.

Ten pro­pos­als will be select­ed by a dis­tin­guished jury of New York City cul­tur­al lead­ers, including Shintaro Okamoto (Okamoto Studios). 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. The dead­line to send pro­pos­als is Tues­day, January 17, 2023.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 20, 2023 at 5pm
Selected Artists to be notified: Friday, February 3, 2023
Half day orientation at Okamoto Studios: Date TBD weekday between Feb. 6-9, 2023
Event date: Saturday, February 18, 2023

Complete the Online Application Form below. Complete applications will include:

- Short description of work

- A Rendering or sketch of proposed work (with base ice block no larger than 40” x 20” x 10”, that can be cut and molded for a resulting work of varying dimensions)

- Short artist or artist team statement

- Artist or artist team short bio

Questions? Please contact the Governors Island Arts team at commissions@​govisland.​org.

2022 Selected Artists

Den­nis Red­Moon Darkeem
MingLiang Lu
Eliz­a­beth Meggs
Sha­heen Salehi/​Rengu Zhang
Han­nah Schulman
Jes­si­ca Segall
Chad Stay­rook
Yuliya Tsuk­er­man
Bruce Williams
Mei Yin

About Okamoto Studio

OKAMOTO STUDIO is an artist collective dedicated to creating sculptures, replicas, installations and performances with uniquely crystal clear ice. Founded in 2003 and based in Long Island City, NY, their projects challenge the existing artistry of ice carving through modern technology and contemporary sensibility.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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