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.
The Art Market consists of artists vendor booths with artists selling their original recycled art. Booth fees range from $250 to $350.
2016 Applications are NOW AVAILABLE. Click HERE to download a 2016 Art Market application. Applications are due Friday, September 30, 2016.
Click HERE to download a 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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2016 Emerging Artist Program
The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is expanding its program this year to support youth artists. The emerging artist program links youth with established festival artists to mentor their artistry with guidance on the use of recycled materials, exhibiting best practices and art sales skills. The program seeks to offer up to three complimentary youth artist booths to the selected artists. By working with youth, Recycle Santa Fe expands the economic development aspects of the art market, while supporting the cultivation and growth of these artists. Learn more HERE
Are you 18 or under and interested in turning your art into recycled material art or learning how to market and sell your recycled material art? If so, apply for our 2016 Emerging Artists program and we’ll help you learn about recycled-art as a business, and give you a free shared booth for this year’s festival. Online applications are HERE.
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.
NEW THIS YEAR – All winning pieces and select, juried additional outfits will be invited to participate in a curated trash fashion exhibit on December 9-10 at Winterowd Fine Art on Canyon Road. This is a chance to build your “trash fashion” art portfolio! It’s free to enter and you could even win cash or prizes!
Student Juried Art Exhibition
There is also a Youth Student Art Show in which there prizes are awarded for individuals or classrooms with outstanding participation. It’s free to enter, but registration is required. Please register by November 25th. For more information and to register online follow this link.
Adult Juried Art Exhibition
The 2016 Recycled Art Market will not include an adult Juried Art exhibit. Please contact Sarah with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org