Students participate in snow-sculpting competition

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FARMINGTON – The area known as The Green in front of Mantor Library at the University of Maine at Farmington was filled with students, colorful dye and, of course, lots and lots of white snow.

The UMF’s Ministry of Experimental Arts hosted the first annual “Snowbound Hoedown” Friday, featuring a snow sculpture competition. Both UMF students and community members were invited with the judging and prizes awarded at the UMF Art Gallery.

Joanna Wilbur, of Team Thickness, works on their sculpture “turtle-corn.” Pictured above: Ariel Simpson-Johnson adds last minute details to her sculpture “Snow Sculpting Competition,” created in a tree.

The exhibits ranged from the practical, such as a full-size igloo, to the artistic, a blue-dyed flowing pattern designed by UMF student Agnes Brackett, to the humorous, like the strange creature constructed by the self-dubbed ‘Team Thickness.’

“It’s a turtle-corn, we call it the turtle-corn,” student Joanna Wilbur said, carefully shaping a turtle head beneath an icicle horn.

“It’s a mother, unicorn turtle protecting her nest,” student Vincent Leonetti clarified.


Of little turtle-corns,” student Andrew Thompson added.

Team Thickness works on their “turtle-corn.” From top to bottom: UMF students Vincent Leonetti, Andrew Thompson and Joanna Wilbur.

The Ministry of Experimental Arts is an organization of UMF students, faculty and staff whose mission is to promote the arts at UMF and provide arts and cultural opportunities for the campus and local communities. Founded in 2007, the Ministry has already had a hand in several events held throughout the campus.

The snow sculptures can be viewed until whatever arrives first – a lot more snow or spring.

UMF student Agnes Brackett works on her snow sculpture, utilizing blue dye to accentuate her sculpture’s lines.


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