Carve Tahoe will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes as determined by the panel of judges listed on this page.

In addition, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture while donating to Keep Tahoe Blue.

  • The Avalanche Award: Guests 16 and older, cast your vote! The fan favorite that receives an avalanche of votes will win the Avalanche Award.
  • The Snowflake Award: Guests 15 and under, vote for your favorite sculpture!



Academy of Art University Sculpture Chair

We are proud to announce renowned sculptor Lawrence Noble as the lead judge for Carve. Noble has received many honors within his career. He designed a Gold Medal for the 1984 Olympics, sculpted the California Firefighters’ Memorial, the state monument to California Firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, and sculpted Yoda for the Yoda Fountain, which resides at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco, CA, along with life-size statues of the father of film, Eadweard Muybridge, special effects pioneer, Willis O’Brien and , the inventor of Television, Philo T. Farnsworth. Noble brings with him a vast and storied history of award-winning illustration and sculpture, providing the necessary respect
and admiration for the considerable task of carving snow.

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Owner of Gallery Keoki

Keoki Flagg is an award winning, internationally published fine artist based in Lake Tahoe. One of the premier nature, outdoor sports and adventure photographers, he has created images for numerous top-flight publications, Fortune 500 Companies and corporations worldwide.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Keoki spent part of his childhood living in Europe traveling with his family. This imbedded in him a multicultural orientation and a lust for travel and adventure. He completed his formal education in Fine Art at Connecticut College where he worked in sculpture, wood, metal, stone and fabric, exploring the interlacing relationships of form and function.

For the past two decades Keoki Flagg has traveled the globe on assignment for international clients, including VISA, the California and New Zealand Tourist Boards, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, National Geographic Adventure, the Audubon Society, Archeology, Sunset, Men’s Journal, Outside, Geo, and Ski & Skiing Magazines. Specializing in fine art and extreme sports photography, his unique, very limited-edition photographs cover a wide range of subjects spanning all 7 continents. Keoki is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2001 Banff International Photo Contest, the KT Award and the Captain John Noel award.

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Sushi Master at Mikuni Sushi

Taro Arai is one of the hottest and most renowned sushi chefs to hit the restaurant scene. Kotaro “Taro” Arai was born on Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu and moved to the United States when he was 15. His parents opened a Japanese restaurant outside of Sacramento, California called Mikuni that would become one of the most successful restaurant businesses in the region. With eight Mikuni restaurants flourishing in Northern California, Taro is setting a fast pace in the world of sushi.

Taro has a natural instinct for creating gastronomical delights that range from traditional Japanese-style sushi to variations designed to please the American palate. He presents a menu unequalled by any sushi bar in the western United States, and has a knack for understanding and satisfying the distinct tastes of his guests. Mikuni has been the winner of the “Best in Sacramento” readership survey for thirteen consecutive years, and under Taro’s leadership, Mikuni sushi chefs have conceived more than 300 original creations—many of them named for their loyal guests.

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VP, Design at Speck

Bryan loves making things. He “geeks out” about every aspect of it, from the tiniest nuance of how a person uses something to the latest and greatest manufacturing technology. No, seriously… he obsesses about it all. As unique a trait as that is, he’s managed to find an entire group of people that geek out in the same way, put them in a room at Speck, and together they continually crank out compelling product. He lives in Redwood City (climate rated best by government tests) with his wife and baby boy.

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Marketing Manager at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Linda Butler manages all facets of marketing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she helps increase visibility and attract new audiences for the museum’s exhibitions, collection, and programs of internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art. As SFMOMA embarks on a $555 Million expansion over the next three years, Linda will be a key contributor in developing the messaging and branding for the new launch in 2016.

Linda developed an interest in art as a child in Prague, where she eventually studied modern art at Charles IV University. She also spent significant time living in Italy and Mexico where she absorbed elements of the cultures and lifestyles that she wanted to call her own. Returning stateside, she found her way into the arts (including mixology and film), directing marketing campaigns and pioneering social media efforts for the Nightclub & Bar tradeshow, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and most recently the San Francisco Film Society. Relying on her understanding of marrying art and audiences, she turns her eye to the world of ice-sculpting.

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