Team Name: The Driftless Snow Sculptors
Sculpture Title: Fantasy Reef
Artist Statement: This sculpture consists of fantasy fish swimming in a coral reef. Sadly, the world's coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate, as a result of warming seas driven by climate change. As temperatures rise, mass coral bleaching becomes more frequent. If this trend continues, by 2050 nearly all of the world's coral reefs will be in danger. Thus in the future, coral reefs may very well become a fantasy.
Hugh McCarron (Captain) - "Artistic background: Artist Blacksmith, Owner, Celtic Forge Blacksmith Shop in Dubuque, Iowa. Snow sculptor at the US Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from 2010 to Present. Sculpted snow for the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium from 2012 to present. Photography, watercolors, hiking and traveling. Active w/volunteer Blacksmiths @National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 2006-present. Awards: 3rd place Peoples Choice Award, US National Snow Sculpting Competition 2018; Iowa State Champion, Art in the Park 2018, 2020; Best In Snow, Art in the Park 2018, 2020; People’s Choice Award, Art in the Park 2018."
Jeremy Rudd - "Jeremy Rudd is an artist and designer working in Northeast Iowa. Jeremy is a full-time artist and operates his studio, Jeremy Rudd Art and Design, completing many commissions both public and private, ranging from furniture to large scale sculptural projects. This is Jeremy's fourth trip to the National snow carving competition. In addition to completing many other liturgical, private, and commercial projects, Jeremy has shown nationally including the following selected exhibitions: Art on the River Driftless invitational 2018, Octagon Center for the Arts Exhibition, Ames, IA; City of Dubuque first Annual Snow Carving Exhibition, Dubuque IA; National Snow Carving Competition, Lake Geneva, WI; Art on the River 2017 (Best in Show), Dubuque IA; Monona Terrace Art On the Rooftop 201.,"
Dave Maloney - "BFA in Graphic Design/Univ. of Illinois@Champaign; MFA in Art Education/Wright State Univ. @Dayton, Ohio; Taught woodcarving 1981-1995/New Castle, IN.@Raintree Woodcarvers Club; Taught Adult class on Woodcarving 1998-2006, Dubuque, IA NICC; Taught Advertising and Marketing 2004-2010/Loras College@Dubuque, Iowa; Active w/volunteer Blacksmiths@National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 2005-present."