About the OrganisationWe are a proud volunteer-driven not-for-profit organisation based in Fairbanks Alaska !
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 and 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.
Who are our Volunteers?
Ice Alaska is made up of 11x Board Members and one Executive Director, who run the financing, governance and strategic direction of the organization.
Committee members/volunteers manage almost everything else about the event from the ice harvest, communication, registration and feeding the visiting artists, marketing and publicity for the event. Every year, some volunteers travel up from the lower 48 states and even from overseas, to assist with different roles at the park. The contribution of time and energy by volunteers is an integral part of Ice Alaska’s successful presentation of the World Ice Art Championships.
The Ice Artists come from all over the globe – Australia, Japan, Canada, Latvia, Malaysia – just to name a few. Most are from the Lower 48 States but Alaska is well represented with some home-grown talent. These are highly celebrated and well respected artists in their field and come to Fairbanks every year to carve the “arctic diamond” ice and claim the glory of being named a World Ice Art Champion in one of the competitions.
Ice Alaska Board of Directors
Lee Ellen King
Leigh Ann Hutchison
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