Trashformations 2014 

November 21, 2014 5:30 p.m. 

Florida Museum of Natural History

Welcome to the 16th annual student recycled art competition sponsored by Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, Office of Waste Alternatives and the Florida Museum of Natural History!


All middle school, high school and college students in Alachua County are invited to participate.


  • Artwork must be comprised of 70% or more recycled/recyclable/reused materials.
  • Must fit through a standard doorway.
  • Maximum 9.5 ft high.
  • Must be easily movable, weighing less than 50 pounds.
  • Must be one solid piece of artwork. Artwork cannot require reassembly upon moving.
  • Cannot hang from ceiling or walls. If your artwork needs to hang you must provide your own device or structure to hang it from and/or with (i.e. Easel)
  • Cannot contain or produce any liquids
  • Cannot contain live materials.
  • No use of weapons or simulated weapons
  • No sharp protruding objects(examples: glass, barbed wire or nails)
  • You must provide all of your own supplies and tools that you will need for your project and its display purposes.
  • Must provide any power or extension cords. Advance notice is required for items needing power.
  • Your artwork needs not to require staff assistance to be assembled (especially to be moved around) or to be brought into the facility. If need be you may need to have your artwork on a mobile pallet that you provide. Please provide a stabilization device if your project needs one.
  • We reserve the right to refuse to display the artwork if the above criteria are not met or if the artwork is deemed too dangerous to display.
  • Only one entry is allowed per person or group.


The judging will be based on creative expression and the innovative use of reused/recycled materials.

The judging is conducted by art professors, museum curators, art appraisers and/or gallery owners and will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 21, 2014.


  • The awards will be presented in three categories: 1)middle school 2)high school and 3)college
  • There are three winners per category. The award amounts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd are $400, $300, $200 respectively.
  • Two additional awards will be given in each category: The Waste Watcher award and the Museum award. Awards may take 4-6 weeks to receive and require a SSN.
Former Trashformation Entry

Downloadable Application Here

Important Dates

Nov. 14th, by 5:00 PM
Application deadline (email, fax, mail)

Nov. 20th, 12:00-5:00 PM
Drop off finished artwork at FLMNH (No late submissions)

Nov. 21st, 5:30-8:00 PM
Judging/Awards/Reception at FLMNH

Nov. 24th, by 5:00 PM
Pick up all non-winning artwork* from FLMNH

Dec. 1st, by 5:00 PM
Pick up all winning artwork** from FLMNH

* All non-winning artwork is to be picked up from the museum by Monday November 24 at 5 PM. Art not picked up by this time will be recycled or considered donated. Those wishing to donate their pieces to the County for display, please circle box on application.​


The competition will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Participating students, their families and teachers are invited to attend the awards reception at the Florida Museum of Natural History on November 21, 2014.


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