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Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Amy Hauber, along with students Kerry Walter '06, Bangor, NY (Franklin Academy) and James Forbes '07, Upper Arlington, OH (The Wellington School), participated in the 2006 New York State Snow Sculpting Championship, held in Cooperstown, New York, February 16 through 19. Hauber, Walter and Forbes, also known as "Team Ham Shank," created a piece called "Where's the Ham Shank?," inspired by the change of plans during the competition.

Originally the event involved, as always, carving man-made snow. However, this year the organization's snow-maker broke and inclement weather didn't help. Organizers instead decided that the competing teams would carve a smaller form in solid ice.

The original team design was a piece called "Still Life with Ham Shank," but due to the new size requirements, they redesigned the piece, minus what was described as a "large, Fred Flintstone-style ham shank." The new design was the "bubbly abstracted form" pictured above. The team came in fifth, out of 13 participating teams.

Hauber notes, "As it turned out, carving ice as easier than carving snow, mainly because the form was about one-quarter the size of the original snow forms."

She adds that she plans to enter again in 2007, with two students.

For more information: The New York State Snow Sculpting Championship Web Site

Fall 2005 Richard F. Brush Art Gallery Exhibition of Recent Work by Amy Hauber

Posted: March 1, 2006

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