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 or recycled, 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 or recycling center 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.
The Art Market consists of 85-95 vendor booths with artists selling their original recycled art. Read more details about the art market HERE.
Adult Juried Art Exhibition
We're excited to offer the adult juried art exhibit as part of the 2022 festival!
Student Juried Art Exhibition
Calling All Student Artists! The Student Juried Art Exhibit takes shows recycled art made by Santa Fe area pre-schoolers through high-schoolers and will be on exhibit in the main lobby of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center during the festival. It is free to enter, but classrooms and individuals must register in advance. 2022 registration is closed.
Trash Fashion & Costume Contest
The Trash Fashion & Costume Contest is BACK! 7:00 pm on Friday, November 11th. Come strut your recycled-fashion stuff on the catwalk! It's free to enter, but you must register in advance. 2022 registration is closed.
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.