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Texas Tech Hosting Recycled Art Contest

Amanda Castro-Crist

April 8, 2016

Artists on campus are invited to turn trash into treasure at this year’s Recycled Art Contest.


Texas Tech University Student Housing  and the Student Government Association are calling for submissions from students, student organizations, staff and faculty members for the annual Recycled Art Contest. 

The contest will be held April 27 in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building and requires entries to be at least 75 percent recyclable materials. The event serves as a precursor to Arbor Day and attendees who bring two or more plastic bottles for recycling can receive a free T-shirt from Hospitality Services.

“The Recycled Art Contest is a great opportunity to engage the entire campus in recycling,” said Melanie Tatum, unit assistant director in Sustainability and Warehouse Operations. “It also gives people a chance to showcase their talents and creativity, and be sustainable at the same time.”

Contest entries can take whatever form the artist prefers, including sculpture, jewelry or painting. Each piece should not be bigger than 24 inches by 36 inches.

“We have been really surprised and impressed with the art from previous years,” Tatum said. “It is amazing what people can do with what many consider trash.”

The deadline for entry forms is 5 p.m. April 25. Entries must be dropped off between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. April 27 in the Ballroom and picked up between 2 and 3 p.m. the same day.  The pieces will be on display throughout the day and voted on by visitors to the exhibit.

First, second and third-place winners will receive prizes provided by Barnes & Noble, Tatum said. Winners will be notified by email and an announcement on Facebook.

For more information about sustainability and recycling efforts on campus, visit their website.

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