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1140 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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Agnese Rudzite-Kirillova

Sculpting Since: 2000
Location: Latvia

Agnese loves to sculpt!  The material is almost immaterial.  She works in permanent media like metal, fiberglass, wood, bronze and stone.  She works in temporary media like ice and snow … and of course, sand. Then there’s Styrofoam and mixed media.  You name it.

She has worked throughout Europe (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland) and way away from home in places like Kuwait and the U.S. She loves the huge scale that can be achieved in group exhibitions, but enjoys solo and doubles competition as well.  She loves to travel around the world and introduce people to her art.

While welded metal is perhaps her favorite medium (it allows her to “turn the hardness of big objects to lightness and transparency”), Agnese has, incredibly, won numerous awards for her work in 6 different media.  She just could be one of the most versatile and talented artists on the planet!  We welcome her to San Diego and the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge.

Major Achievements:

  • 2015 — 1st place International Sand Sculpture Festival, Jelgava, Latvia
  • 2014 — 1st place, International Sand Sculpture Festival, Petrozavodsk, Russia Peoples’ Choice, International Sand Sculpture Festival, Kalmar, Sweden
  • 2013 — 1st place, Women’s Masters ‘QuickSand’ Competition, Ft. Myers, FL
  • 2011 — 1st place, 13th International Sand Sculpture Festival, Rorschach, Switzerland 1st prize, 10th International Sand Sculpture Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Many other honors dating back to her first year sculpting

USSSC + DAE is cancelled.

It was our great honor to have produced this iconic event for 8 years.  USA Today had named it to the ‘Top 10 in the Nation’ and American Express called it ‘one of the top 20 seaside festivals in the world’.

Hundreds of millions of media impressions were registered worldwide and over 40,000 attended the festivities each year on the downtown San Diego embarcadero. 

We thank the Master Sand Artists from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas who created magnificent sculptures from nothing more than sand and water, as well as the artists who work in other media, the entertainers, food providers, sponsors, media, staff, suppliers, volunteers and the Port of San Diego who made the event possible.

Should a title sponsor or new production company wish to bring it back to benefit local non-profits and the Southern California community at large, we will endeavor to help advise as long as we are able. 

For now, enjoy the website from years past.*

Thank you once more.

Joyce and Gordon Summer, Executive Producers

on behalf of Bruce, Tricia, Steve and the entire USSSC team.

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