Call for Artful Ice Shanties

Registration deadline: December 15

Calling all artists, ice fishing enthusiasts, tiny house aficionados, and design-builders of all ages and experience levels! You and your friends, family, school, business, or team are invited to participate in Artful Ice Shanties (Feb. 19–27, 2022), presented by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Retreat Farm.

The first 15 individuals (or teams) to register will receive a $200 stipend upon delivery of their shanty. We will accept registrations until December 15 or until we are full, whichever happens first. 

Register here.

The Artful Ice Shanties will be displayed in and around Farmhouse Square at Retreat Farm (where the Food Truck Roundup takes place in the summer) from Saturday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 27. 

Your ice shanty can be traditional or conceptual, functional or wacky, permanent or temporary (as long as it can withstand the wind, snow, and ice in mid-February!), but it must be artful! For example, you might choose to build:

  • An ice shanty that doubles as a radio station, pinhole camera, sauna, or dance floor
  • A game-themed ice shanty shaped like a giant chess piece
  • A shanty that tells the story of an aspect of the history and heritage of our area
  • An ice shanty shaped like a fish with shimmering scales
  • An ice shanty that will have a second life after the contest as a ticket booth, warming hut, demonstration tiny house, soup shack, chicken coop, or, of course, a functional ice fishing shanty!

Check out the photos and video of the entries from February 2021 for inspiration!

We encourage the use of recycled, repurposed, or donated materials, but new materials are certainly permitted.

Certificates will be awarded for notably artistic, inventive, fun, or silly shanties at the outdoor Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 20, at 3 p.m.

Ice shanties must be delivered on February 15–16 and picked up after 4 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 27, or on Mon., Feb. 28. Builders are responsible for delivery and pickup. Your creation should be around the size of a typical ice shanty, with a footprint likely between 4’x4’ and 8’x8’. Ice shanties must be built on skids to facilitate loading and moving.

If you’re interested in participating, please register as soon as possible, as space is limited. After you register, we’ll be in touch to get more details as your project unfolds, including a title and description for your wintry work of art.

This project was inspired in part by Art Shanty Projects in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Questions? Contact Kirsten Martsi at 

There is no fee for entry.

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