The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CALL TO ARTISTS: 10th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival

The Downtown Northampton Association invites artists to carve ice sculptures or create other ice-related works of art for Northampton’s 10th Annual Ice Art Festival.

Organized by the Downtown Northampton Association, the 10th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival takes place on Friday, February 14, 2020. Artists are asked to create an ice sculpture as part of the Festival, which will culminate in the public display of the final sculptures during Arts Night Out from 5-8pm on Friday, February 14. Carving will take place throughout the day on Friday, February 14 and finished sculptures will be on display throughout the weekend and as long as weather permits.

All participating artists will be paid a $200 stipend for their work.

New this year​: Interested in participating in the Northampton Ice Art Festival in another medium (painting, sculpture, etc.) and creating an ice-related work of art? Please submit an application with your proposed idea! We will work with you to see if there is an appropriate space and way to include your work in this celebration of all things ice. Bonus points if you are able to create this work in view of the public during the day on Friday, February 14, 2020 - but not necessary.

● Artists must submit designs to the DNA by Monday, December 16, 2019.
● Selections will be made by the Downtown Northampton Association.
● Submissions will be considered under rolling admission.
● Artists will be notified if their designs are selected by December 31, 2019.

Design Guidelines
● Artists will be provided with up to 3 blocks of ice. Each block measures approximately 40” x 20” x 10”. Blocks can be set up in two different orientations, selected by the artist.
● Design must be appropriate for public space.
● Ice Blocks will sit on an illuminated pedestal base approximately 30” x 40” x 12” tall.

Bases will be provided by the Downtown Northampton Association, for use during the festival. There are a limited number of illuminated bases; in the event we have more artists than we have bases, some artists may be asked if they would be willing to carve without an illuminated base. Bases will be provided in the order accepted design applications are received.

Questions? Contact Amy at the Downtown Northampton Association at (413) 387-5145 or​.

Submit all required materials to:
Downtown Northampton Association or 
99 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060

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