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.

Art Market

The Art Market consists of 85-95 vendor booths with artists selling their original recycled art.  The 2022 booth fee is $395.  Shared booths are possible. Read more details about the art market HERE.  2022 application now open!   Applications and payment must be submitted via the online form found HERE!  The deadline is September 30, 2022.  A completed Special Event License must be a part of your application, download the form at Special Event License - Artists.

Adult Juried Art Exhibition

We're excited to offer the adult juried art exhibit as part of the 2022 festival!  Online applications are available HERE.  IT is $35 to submit up to three items for the juried exhibit. The deadline is October 15, 2022.

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 must register HERE. 

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 by November 4, 2022.  Register HERE.

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.