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About the competition

2023 World Ice Art Championships February 17 through March 31

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Our Story

The Ice Alaska World Ice Art Championships began in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1990 for artists to share ice sculpture experiences for the community.

The tradition of the ice sculpting competitions began with the early celebrations of spring involving Ice Thrones for the Winter Carnivals of the 1930s whilst providing an outdoor activity for local Alaskans to enjoy.  In 1990 a committee formed and decided to make it a permanent event on the calendar, to promote and exhibit the wonderful art of ice sculpting.  Collectively over the past years, the World Ice Art Championships has attracted over 100’s of professional Ice Artists, from over 45 different countries and even more local artists from the different states throughout the US . The result is over 100 competition sculptures and exhibition pieces and the ever-expanding playful ice attractions in the Kids Park.

“From small things, big things may grow”  – and now the Ice Alaska Winter Carnival has evolved into a 6 week event full of amazing art pieces and wonderful winter fun.

 

The People

Who are our Volunteers?

Individuals from the communities around interior Alaska, neighborhood businesses, and major corporations. Every year, volunteers travel up from the lower 48 states and have come from as far away as Australia. Volunteers provide the talent and energy to put on the largest sculpting competition in the world. The contribution of time and energy by volunteers is an integral part of Ice Alaska’s successful presentation of the World Ice Art Championships. Over 90 committee members manage everything about the event from the ice harvest, communication, registration and feeding the visiting artists, to the financing, marketing and publicity for the event. Ice Alaska conducts year round fund­raising in support of the event

Ice Alaska Board of Directors

Bernie Karl

Bernie Karl

President

president@icealaska.com

Anton Lazukin

Anton Lazukin

Vice President

anton.lazukin@icealaska.com

Lee Ellen King

Lee Ellen King

Secretary

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Steve Iverson

Steve Iverson

Treasurer

steve.iverson@icealaska.com

Gisela Young

Gisela Young

Member

gisela.young@icealaska.com

Dean deMarais

Dean deMarais

Member

dean.demarais@icealaska.com

David Smith

David Smith

Member

david.smith@icealaska.com

Leigh Ann Hutchison

Leigh Ann Hutchison

Member

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Brittany Lapp

Brittany Lapp

Member

brittany.lapp@icealaska.com

David Grimes

David Grimes

Member

david.grimes@icealaska.com

AJ Duncan

AJ Duncan

Member

aj.duncan@icealaska.com

Competitive Events

Continents

Countries

Cities

Single Block Classic

For the Single Block Classic each Artist is provided one block of ice to make their magic happen. The dimensions are approximately 6ft x 4ft x 3ft (1.8m x 1.2m x 0.9m) and each block weighs about 4,118 lbs. (1867.8 k). The ice block is positioned to the sculptor’s satisfaction and then sculptors are on their own.  Artists can request mechanical assistance, and/or aide from competing team members when more power is required to move/lift a component of ice into position. Artists may work around the clock; they are provided a 3 days to complete the sculptures.

The Single Block Classic is the final competition of the event. It starts 8AM. Mar 2nd, 2023 and ends at 9PM March 4th, 2023. The finished pieces are then judged this same evening under white lights. The following day, colored lights will be added.  Metals and Honors will be presented at the awards ceremony 8PM March 5th, 2023.

Double Block Classic

TThe Double Block Classic teams are provided 2 blocks of ice, each approximately 6ft x 4ft x 3ft (1.8m x 1.2m x 0.9m) and roughly 8,200 lbs (3,719.5 k) Once the ice block is positioned to the sculptor’s satisfaction, the sculptors are on their own. Artists can request mechanical assistance, and/or aide from competing team members when more power is required to move/lift a component of ice into position. Artists may work around the clock; they are provided a full 62 hours (3 days) to complete the sculptures.

The Double Block Classic is the second competition of the event. It starts 8AM Feb. 25th 2023 and ends at 9PM Feb. 27th 2023.  The finished pieces are then judged this same evening under white lights. The following day colored lights will be added. Metals and Honors will be presented at the awards ceremony scheduled for 8PM Feb. 28th 2023.

Multi-Block Classic

TMultiBlock teams are composed of four sculptors (no more) and each team is given 9 blocks of ice. The ice blocks measure approximately 4ft x 6ft x 3.3ft. (1.2m x 1.8m x 1.0m), so each team will be sculpting a minimum of 36,000 pounds of ice. Teams use hand and/or power tools to cut and shape the ice and may work around the clock if they choose.

The sculptures created sometimes attain heights of more than 20 feet, therefore, Ice Alaska provides heavy equipment and operators to lift and position the ice. The equipment operators, who are all volunteers, work with the sculptors to delicately move the ice into the artist’s desired location. Without the help of the operators, the final product would be impossible. The artists fully realize this and give high praise to the operations crew. The final ice sculpture is teamwork at its best.

The Multi-Block Classic is the first competition, and begins at 8AM Feb. 17th and ends at 9PM Feb. 22th, 2023,132 hours later.  The finished pieces are judged that evening under white lights. After judging is completed, the finished sculpture will be illuminated with colored lights for the public to view.  The awards are presented at 8PM Feb. 23rd, 2023.

Youth Classic

Ice Alaska artists have developed an ice sculpting curriculum that can be taught in local schools. To encourage the students to continue to use their sculpting skills in competitions, the Ice Alaska Youth Classic is held the week of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Spring Break.  Ice Alaska has ~15 sites and hopes to draw young artists from throughout Alaska and the even the world. There is no fee to register for the Youth Event.
To qualify for the competition team members must be 13 – 18 years of age and have parental permission. Teams are provided one ice block, 3’ x 4’x 30″ The block weighs approximately 1800 lbs. Once the ice block is placed, the youth team may not use motorized tools or equipment to move the block. Experienced artists are on hand to assist with requested chainsaw cuts, and to answer questions, and offer technical assistance allowed within the competition guidelines.  Award of medals and gift certificates are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Calendar

The calendar provides key dates for visitors, artists, & volunteers

Hotel & Transportation Partners

Hotels and travel info for visitors, artists, & volunteers

About the Competition

Learn more about the Ice Alaska World Championships

Become a Member

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Become a Volunteer

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FAQ

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