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Team Name:  The Driftless Snow Sculptors

Sculpture Title:  Coming to Terms  

Artist Statement:  

The Guardian of Truth is shackled and gravely wounded. The dangerous and deceitful knife of falsehoods has cut his wing, impeding his ability to soar as he should. The shackle of untruths has taken hold of his leg, severely restricting any advancement forward. The Guardian of Truth is endangered. Unless we free its Guardian from these distortions and impediments, The Truth will become irrelevant and is in great peril.


Team Members:

  • Hugh McCarron (Captain) - I work for the City of Dubuque Engineering Department designing city projects. I am the owner of the Celtic Forge Blacksmith shop in Dubuque, Iowa. My hobbies include blacksmithing, watercolor painting, rollerskating, canoeing, hiking and exploring the outdoors, cooking and candy making. I started carving snow in 2010 and have carved  in Lake Geneva every year since.
  • Wayne McDermott - I grew up across the river in Galena, Illinois. I earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. I have been creating and maintaining exhibits at the National Mississippi River and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa for 38 years. My wife, Cathy and I have two children, Rachel and Aaron, a cat, and an old house that needs constant attention.  I like to hike, camp, kayak, and travel. I dabble at lots of different creative projects at home and at work. I have recently started getting into wood crafting projects. I first started carving snow from blocks when the museum started up “Ice Fest” about 18 years ago. I have participated in the Nationals in Lake Geneva three different years. I really enjoy the teamwork and camaraderie with my fellow sculptures. They are a unique group of people.  We hope to inspire others to get out in the snow and create!

  • Jeremy Rudd - Jeremy Rudd is an artist and designer working in Northeast Iowa. He has a BFA in visual Studies with an emphasis on Three Dimensional Design from Iowa State University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from The University of Massachusetts, at Dartmouth.  Jeremy has been sculpting, making, and teaching for 19 years.  His Studio, Jeremy Rudd Art and Design, has completed many commissions both public and private, ranging from furniture to large scale sculptural projects. Recently In 2015 he was the visiting artists and Juror for the Iowa State University college of Designs 2015 BFA exhibition.  In 2017 he completed installation of “The path of faith” a 22-piece bronze relief sculpture series installed at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Hiawatha Iowa. Jeremy has shown nationally including the following selected exhibitions.  “Art on the River” 2017 (Best in Show), Dubuque IA, Monona Terrace “Art On the Rooftop” 2017, 2016 deadWEST “Open Range”, Fort Worth, TX, Art on the River 2015, Dubuque IA, Monona Terrace “Art On the Rooftop” 2015, Madison WI, 2015, “Earth Exhibition”, Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Dubuque IA (Honorable mention) DeadWest, “Place and Identity” 2015, Fort Worth TX, and The 48th Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood Juried Exhibition,  2016, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA. This is his first foray into snow sculpting and he looks forward to the challenges it poses!


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