The International Snow Sculpting Symposium is one of the premier events during the Ely Winter Festival. The symposium features large, snow sculptures carved by professional artists from around the country and around the globe.
The symposium is an art exhibition of snow sculptures primarily within the confines of Whiteside Park in Ely. (We occasionally have a few sculptures in other locations.) This art exhibition is not a contest. No awards are given. This encourages the artists to be open with their work and fosters camaraderie between teams. The symposium is intended to be an interactive event so viewers can walk through the park and observe artists creating the sculptures. Each sculpture is created by a team of artists lead by a team leader.
Each year during the festival, in addition to the International Snow Sculpting Symposium, there is an Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest.
The Ely Winter Festival is made possible by donations from people like you. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and deeply appreciate your gifts!