Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will return November 12, 13 & 14, 2021!

2021 Art Market Applications Now Available - Due September 24th!

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.

We will work to find some sort of replacement event for the Trash Fashion Show on Friday evening.  This could be a screening of The Story of Plastic documentary or possibly a gala “pre-shopping” reception or more! Stay tuned for details.

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

Friday, Nov 12 5pm-9pm 
Saturday, Nov 13 9am-5pm
Sunday, Nov 14 10am-5pm
Location: The Santa Fe Convention Center is located at 201 W. Marcy Street

During the uncertainty of 2020, we did expand 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. 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.

So much to take in!

Ever wonder what Recycle Santa Fe Artists are up to aside from being in our annual show?  Recycle Santa Fe Artist, Mitch Berg, recently launched a recycled art studio and school in Shipping Containers in Albuquerque's South Valley.  Read more HERE.

 Check out a few images from past events HERE

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Friday Highlights

  • The famous, wild and crazy Trash Fashion & Costume Contest.  Returning in 2022!!
  • Announcement of Juried Art Exhibit winners (adult & student) following the Trash Fashion Show.

Saturday & Sunday Highlights

Kids of all ages can enjoy the recycled art activities all day on Saturday and Sunday (make and take art) The ever popular Make and Take section is always a great activity for young and old to create a recycled work of art to take home and enjoy. There are lots of odds and ends materials that you can use to create your own unique work of art, including recycled tins, records, fabrics, wire, magazines, and so much more!

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.