For Artists

Definition of Recycled Art

All work displayed must be original, at least 75% recycled/re-used, produced by the exhibitor, and the artist must be present during the entire market. Our criteria for recycled is using elements that were originally manufactured and would be thrown away, if it were not for your creativity to reformat it in a manner different from its intended original use. A good criterion is that the materials you use are considered junk, or would have ended up in the landfill if you hadn’t rescued them for art. For our purposes, materials from nature such as rocks, sticks, leaves, bones, dirt, water, etc. are not recycled.

Recycled Art Waste Exchange

Please click here if you have discarded items that you think a recycled-material artist would be interested in or if you are a recycled-material artist and you are looking for source materials for your art.  We’ll work to connect donors and artists and to keep items out of the landfill.

Art Market

The Art Market consists of artists vendor booths with artists selling their original recycled art.  Booth fees range from $225 to $375.

2016 Applications will be available in early June, 2016.  To be sure that you get notified when they are available please join our email list by clicking here and scrolling down to the email sign-up on the right-hand side. 

City of Santa Fe Special Event License Application (A filled out special event license application must be included with your Art Market application.  You do not need to get the actual license from the City of Santa Fe – event organizers will do that for you.)

The Art Market will take place in the entire Sweeney Ballroom.  You can see a layout of the ballroom here.

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Juried Art Exhibition

The gallery style Juried Art exhibit is an integral part of the weekend celebration.  This portion of the show enables those artists who work (or experiment!) in found object media a chance to show these efforts outside of the traditional market venue.  Items in this portion may or may not be for sale. Please click on the following red text to download more information and applications.

The Art Exhibition contains work that is made from at least 75% recycled/reused materials.

Juried Art Exhibit contestants are competing for cash prizes, gift certificates and other gifts.

Trash Fashion & Costume Contest

Recycled fashions must be made of at least 75% recycled or reused   materials that otherwise would be thrown away or recycled. Vintage clothes & clothes made out of trash bags will not be accepted.  Complete outfits are recommended.  Only one prize per designer.  Due to the large number of participants the teen and child categories are only open to Santa Fe area youth.


Honorable Mention, 3rd, 2nd & 1st place awards will be given in the following Categories:

Adult (20 and older)          1st Place $250 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Teen (16-19 years old)      1st Place $150 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Youth (12-15 years old)    1st Place $100 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Child (9-11 years old)       1st Place  $50 Cash, Gift Certificates Others

Young Child (8 and younger):   All Children receive an award and are not       included in the judging portion of the show (5:00 arrival time).

Overall Categories: 1 award (non-cash) in any of the age groups given for each of the following:  Best Paper Outfit, Best Plastic Outfit, Best Aluminum Outfit

Student Juried Art Exhibition

There is also a Student Art  Show in which there will also be cash and prizes for classrooms with outstanding participation. For more information on this competition follow this link.