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Great Art Escape 2013Enjoy live music performances in the galleries, participate in gallery hunts, and watch both professional and amateur ice sculptors craft impressive outdoor statues made of snow during the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual celebration The Great Art Escape. Every year, the Museum’s galleries are filled with free festivities during the winter break for visitors of all ages.

Winterfest 2014

This year, The Great Art Escape coincides with Toledo Walleye Winterfest, presented by ProMedica, which will take place Dec. 26 – Jan. 4. Toledo Walleye Winterfest is a community event benefiting the entire Toledo Region. Many organizations are planning to participate, including: the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Imagination Station, The Toledo Symphony, The Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the MetroParks, the Valentine Theater and area colleges and universities.

Professional Snow Sculpting and Local Design Competition

On Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28 during regular Museum hours four professional snow sculptors will be at work on the Museum’s front terrace creating large scale sculptures inspired by the TMA collection.  Watch these icy masters turn 4′ x 4′ x 6′ blocks of snow into artistic masterpieces as they carve and shape the snow over the course of the weekend.  At 3 p.m. each afternoon enjoy a daily demonstration and Q&A session with the artists from Ice Creations.

Want to be part of the fun? Through December 7, the Toledo Museum of Art is accepting proposals for a Snow Sculpting Contest taking place during the Great Art Escape’s snow sculpting event. Designs should be inspired by the Museum’s collection. Up to five designs will be selected and the winners will be invited to personally carve their 2′ x 2′ x 2′ blocks of snow on Saturday, December 27. The Museum will provide the snow; designers will need to bring their own tools.  A $100 honorarium will be awarded for each design selected and a $250 prize will be given to the sculpture that receives the most public votes. Voting will take place all day on Sunday, December 28.

To enter your design, complete the following online form by 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 7.

Snow Sculpture Design Entry

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  • For this competition, you may enter up to five images of one design for consideration. File size for images should be less than 2 MB.
 

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The Great Art Escape Schedule

  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Professional Snow Sculptors Work on the Terrace: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ardan Academy of Irish Dance: 2 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.
  • Professional Snow Sculptors Work on the Terrace: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • ALMA African Drum & Dance Performance: 2 p.m.
  • Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Toledo Sings Songs: 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • It’s Friday! Music: Matt Chambers Jazz Syndicate: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Children’s Book Reading with Author Jan Wahl: 11 a.m.
  • Storytelling: 2-4 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
  • Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
  • Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
  • Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Collection Highlights Tour: 2 p.m.
  • Film & Live Music by Little Bang Theory: 2 p.m.