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 $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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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.

2016 Trash Fashion Show Applications are NOW AVAILABLE.  Click HERE to learn more and download a 2016 application or you can register online HERE

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.


Juried Art Exhibition

The 2016 Recycled Art Market will not include an adult Juried Art exhibit, but will focus on the student/youth juried art exhibit.