UW Recycling Trash Art Content – Call for Art

How to Submit

Participants must fill out the submission form by Wednesday March 22, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. PST. Submission must include: artist name, medium, piece name, and a brief description of the art piece.

Contest Rules

Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

  • Artist must be a current UW student, faculty or staff
  • The art piece may not be a piece previously submitted to the
  • The art piece can be an individual or group Each participant may only submit one art project, whether it is a group project or individual submission.
  • The theme should relate to waste or a broader sustainability
  • The art piece may be submitted under one of the following categories:
    • Literature (essay, poetry, drama, story or other written work)
    • 2D (painting, photography, collage or other pieces that may be hung from a wall)
    • 3D (sculpture, model or other pieces that stand upright)
  • 2D and 3D art pieces must be composed of recycled, salvaged or collected litter materials, or express sentiments on the subject matter.
  • All projects should be safe to handle (no hazards, ) along with being socially and culturally appropriate.

Judging Criteria

A first and second place winner will be chosen for each category. Each category will be scored based on the following criteria:

  • Originality/creativity
  • Interpretation and clarity of waste/sustainability theme
  • Material usage
  • Relevance to personal and/or the UW campus waste


Each winning entry will receive one e-gift card of their choosing to one of the following locations. 1st place winners for each category will receive a $100 e-gift card and 2nd place winners will receive a $50 dollar

e-gift card.


All winners will also have their art piece, artist bio, and piece description highlighted on UW Recycling’s Instagram, as well as a blog post on UW Sustainability’s In Our Nature blog.