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Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show

Presented with with LMCC
Feb 26, 2022

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil are proud to present the inau­gur­al Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show! Join us at the Win­ter Vil­lage in Colonels Row on Feb­ru­ary 26 for an excit­ing after­noon of live ice carv­ing from skilled ice artists start­ing at 2pm. Make sure to get there ear­ly for per­for­mances from Ice The­atre of New York at 1:30pm. Stick around, enjoy every­thing the Win­ter Vil­lage has to offer (includ­ing warm drinks from Lit­tle Eva’s), and help us choose the win­ner at the end of the event. 

Meet the Artists

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

Meet the Jury

Amy Andrieux, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor + Chief Cura­tor, MoCA­DA
Amy Andrieux is a vet­er­an of glob­al cul­tur­al and arts pro­gram­ming with over 20 years of expe­ri­ence as a cura­tor, writer, edu­ca­tor, and exec­u­tive. An award-win­ning cre­ative leader, Amy has retained top posts at TRACE mag­a­zine, MTV World (where she became the first Black Edi­to­r­i­al Direc­tor at Via­com), Red Bull Media House / Red Bull TV. Her strate­gic vision has shaped pro­grams for Mas­ter­Card, Gillette, Moet & Chan­don, L’Oreal, Intel, and oth­ers. As a cul­ture jour­nal­ist, Amy has inter­viewed an array of nota­bles includ­ing Spike Lee, Angelique Kid­jo, Phar­rell Williams, Wangechi Mutu, Rem Kool­haas, Bethann Hardi­son, Shep­ard Fairey, Jamel Shabazz, Edwidge Dan­ti­cat, and many, many more. Cur­rent­ly, Amy is an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor focus­ing on the inter­sec­tion of social impact/​social jus­tice and art + design at New School Uni­ver­si­ty, Par­sons School of Design. She also takes pride in her work as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Chief Cura­tor at The Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Art (MoCA­DA), for which she was award­ed a Trail­blaz­er Award from The 400 Years of African-Amer­i­can His­to­ry Com­mis­sion in 2020

Jean Cooney, Direc­tor, Times Square Arts

Jean Cooney is the Direc­tor of Times Square Arts, the pub­lic art pro­gram pre­sent­ing the work of con­tem­po­rary artists in the world’s most icon­ic urban places. Over the course of the program’s ten year his­to­ry, Times Square Arts has worked with hun­dreds of emerg­ing and estab­lished artists across a diverse range of dis­ci­plines to acti­vate the dis­tric­t’s elec­tron­ic bill­boards, pub­lic plazas, and vacant spaces.

Pri­or to her role at Times Square Arts, Jean spent sev­en years at the pub­lic arts non-prof­it Cre­ative Time, play­ing a crit­i­cal role in the organization’s major artist com­mis­sions and cul­tur­al part­ner­ships. Dur­ing her tenure there, Jean had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work on some of Cre­ative Time’s most cel­e­brat­ed pub­lic projects, includ­ing Nick Cave’s HEARDNY in Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal, Kara Walker’s A Sub­tle­ty… at the for­mer Domi­no Sug­ar fac­to­ry, and Duke Riley’s Fly By Night at the Brook­lyn Navy Yard. 

She holds a Master’s Degree in Visu­al Arts Admin­is­tra­tion from New York Uni­ver­si­ty, and a B.A. in Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions from Boston University.

Shaun Leonar­do, Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Artist
Shaun Leonardo’s per­for­mance prac­tice, anchored by his work in Assem­bly — a diver­sion pro­gram for court-involved youth at the Brook­lyn-based, arts non­prof­it Recess — is par­tic­i­pa­to­ry and invest­ed in a process of embod­i­ment. Leonar­do is a Brook­lyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. His work has been fea­tured at The Guggen­heim Muse­um, the High Line, and New Muse­um, and recent­ly pro­filed in the New York Times and CNN. His solo exhi­bi­tion, The Breath of Emp­ty Space, was recent­ly pre­sent­ed at MICA, MASS MoCA and The Bronx Muse­um. And his first major pub­lic art com­mis­sion, Between Four Free­doms, recent­ly pre­miered at Four Free­doms Park Con­ser­van­cy. Leonar­do recent­ly joined Recess as Co-Direc­tor, help­ing guide the orga­ni­za­tion’s con­tin­u­ous evo­lu­tion as an engine of social change.

Shin­taro Okamo­to, Founder/​Creative Direc­tor, OKAMO­TO STU­DIO
Shin­taro Okamo­to is the cre­ative force behind OKAMO­TO STU­DIO, a NYC-based artist col­lec­tive best known to pro­duce art­ful instal­la­tions and per­for­mances out of crys­tal-clear ice since found­ed in 2003. A sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion ice sculp­tor whose father Takeo is long rec­og­nized for his ear­ly con­tri­bu­tion to the art form in Amer­i­ca, he embraces the craft and its busi­ness as his call­ing to intro­duce ice that is most unique and rel­e­vant to today’s audi­ence. From design­ing the run­way for Zac Posen to col­lab­o­rat­ing on the dis­play win­dow with Bar­neys New York to com­pet­ing along­side Chef Mori­mo­to in Iron Chef Amer­i­ca, he thrives on offer­ing new ways to play the ephemer­al qual­i­ty of ice as the per­fect metaphor for the here and the now.’ A life­long painter and a wildlife fanat­ic, Shin­taro has received numer­ous art awards includ­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ars in the Arts that led to a Fine Arts degree at Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. Shin­taro received his MFA at Hunter Col­lege in New York, where he first tried ice sculp­ture as his means to experiment.

Open Call for Pro­pos­als for Ice Sculptures

New York City-based artists and artist teams were invit­ed to sub­mit ideas for an ice sculp­ture, to be com­plet­ed at the Win­ter Ice Sculp­ture Show on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2022. Ten pro­pos­als will be select­ed by a dis­tin­guished jury of NYC 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. The dead­line to send pro­pos­als was Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 9

The Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the NYC Depart­ment of Cul­tur­al Affairs.

About Ice The­atre of New York

Ice The­atre of New York (ITNY) exists to cre­ate and advance ice dance as (an ensem­ble) per­form­ing art form with its pro­fes­sion­al ice dance com­pa­ny. ITNY is also ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion and to pre­sent­ing pub­lic per­for­mances to peo­ple of all ages. We aim to inspire peo­ple to expe­ri­ence the bal­ance, flow and flight of skat­ing and to engage in a life­long healthy activity.

Found­ed in 1984 by Moira North, Ice The­atre of New York has changed the face of fig­ure skat­ing by cre­at­ing works that inte­grate the sen­si­bil­i­ties of con­tem­po­rary dance, music and art chal­leng­ing the per­cep­tions and con­ven­tion­al def­i­n­i­tions of fig­ure skat­ing. Through its per­for­mances in both tra­di­tion­al and site-spe­cif­ic venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to see­ing skat­ing in unex­pect­ed ways. ITNY was the first ice dance com­pa­ny to receive dance pro­gram fund­ing from the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, the New York State Coun­cil on the Arts and the New York City Depart­ment of Cul­tur­al Affairs.

Feb 26, 2022