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 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 75-85 vendor booths with artists selling their original recycled art.  Booth fees range from $250 to $350.  The 2018 dates are Nov 30-Dec 2.  The deadline for the 2018 market was September 21, 2018, however we have one or two booths still available.  You may send in a submission asap by contacting Sarah Pierpont at 505-603-0558 or downloading the 2018 application HERE. 

You can see a layout of the ballroom here.

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 child category is only open to Santa Fe area youth.  

Click HERE for more information and to submit your 2018 Trash Fashion Show entry online!

Click HERE to download a paper application

2018 Entries due November 21, 2018 

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.   Small prizes are awarded for individuals or classrooms with outstanding participation. It’s free to enter, but registration is required.  For more information and to register online follow this link. 2018 Entries due November 21.

Adult Juried Art Exhibition

 We’re excited to have Recycled Material Artists Bill Skrips from Cerrillos leading the charge to help coordinate the 2018 exhibit.  Bill has over 20 years of experience working as an artists and curating shows.  Submit your juried art application online HERE.  Download 2018 a printed juried art exhibit applications HEREApplications due October 26, 2018

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.