Join us for the 2021 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival on November 12, 13 & 14!

2021 Art Market Applications Available!

The 22nd annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival and its recycled material art market, adult and student juried art exhibits and make and take art activities return to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on November 12, 13, and 14th.  We will not have the Trash Fashion & Costume Contest this year  This is our compromise to being able to host the event in person this year in the wake of the pandemic.  Many of our trash fashion show attendees are kids under the age of 12 and cannot be vaccinated.  This is just a temporary pause and we will return the popular Trash Fashion Show for our 2022 event.

New This Year:  We are hosting a screening of Albuquerque filmmaker, Greg Polk's, new short documentary entitled "New Mexicans Taking Action on Plastic Waste" in the O'Keefe room at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 12th with a community discussion afterwards.  Join us on Friday for recycled-art shopping, learn about the plastic waste crisis and what you can do, grab dinner from our food vendors and more!

To learn more about being a vendor in this year's art market CLICK HERE.

Friday, Nov 12 5pm-9pm (6-7:00 pm) Plastic Waste Crisis documentary and presentations $5 entrance fee for 12 and over
Saturday, Nov 13 9am-5pm, free
Sunday, Nov 14 10am-5pm, free
Location: The Santa Fe Convention Center is located at 201 W. Marcy Street

Find out more information about attending the event HERE

In the summer of 2020, we expanded the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival nonprofit to open northern New Mexico's one-of-a-kind creative reuse center: RESOURCEFUL SANTA FE!  Resourceful Santa Fe has its own physical space off of Siler Road.

The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials.  This exciting weekend-long event kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities on Saturday and Sunday. Each year we bring in more than 100 artists from around New Mexico, but also stakes such as Colorado, New York, Arizona, and elsewhere that offered their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit.   Every year, this event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family-friendly art-making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits, and the perfect gifts.

All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials – everything from vintage tin cans turned into beautiful earrings to scrap metal sculptures.  Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one-of-a-kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.

 Check out a few images from past events HERE

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Trash Fashion Contest 2015
Karen Mogen
Karen Mogen
Cynthia Cook
Cynthia Cook

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.

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