Open Call: Governors Island Winter Ice Sculpture Show
Dec 20, 2022 2:34 pm
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 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, will be provided with tools and 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 Studio. The deadline to submit proposals is Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
Announcement date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Deadline to apply: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to Friday, January 20, at 11:59pm.
Event date: Saturday, February 18, 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.
About the Presenting Organizations
Governors Island Arts, the public arts and cultural program presented by the Trust for Governors Island, creates transformative encounters with art for all New Yorkers, inviting artists and researchers to engage with the issues of our time in the context of the Island’s layered histories, environments, and architecture. Governors Island Arts achieves this mission through temporary and long-term public art commissions, an annual Organization in Residence program in the Island’s historic houses, and free public programs and events in partnership with a wide range of cross-disciplinary NYC cultural organizations.
Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan. Curated and presented by LMCC, The Arts Center at Governors Island is an incubator for creative experimentation and a gathering space to engage in dialogue. Work developed and presented at The Arts Center focuses on sustainability and equity.