Carve Tahoe will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to the top teams as determined by a panel of judges. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to vote for The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is determined by guests voting for their favorite sculptures with a few dollars collected at the Carve Site. Those funds will go entirely to the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee and to fund the Carver’s travel. The final award given at Carve is one of the most prestigious, The Artists Choice Award. This is an award given to the team that the artists themselves believe created the most compelling and beautiful 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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Associate Dean of Students, University of Nevada

Dr. Marcelo F. Vazquez is currently Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at the land-grant university for the State of Nevada; the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Vazquez’s role as the Associate Dean of Students is to strengthen inclusivity, persistence and graduation efforts for the undergraduates of the University of Nevada. Marcelo has spent 18 professional years in four-year postsecondary institutions such as California State University – Northridge, the University of California – Los Angeles, and California State University – Los Angeles. Marcelo is a frequent speaker on college preparation, college admissions and undergraduate retention. Dr. Vazquez received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University – Northridge, Master of Arts Degree from Prescott College, and Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California (USC)

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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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Owner, 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.

Keoki moved to Squaw Valley in 1992. “Squaw Valley is my base camp. Tahoe provides the ultimate palette with ever changing characteristics, a presence of community and freethinking, world-class athletes. It is an absolute rush to work with individuals such as Jonny Moseley, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, JT Homes, Shane McConkey, Kent Kreitler, Ingrid Backstrom, Tamera McKinney and many others, who continue to achieve the impossible.”

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For more information please contact Lynn Gibson at (530) 414-8500

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