Trashformations 2015 

November 20, 2015 at 6:00p.m. 

Florida Museum of Natural History

Welcome to the 17th 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.   
  • 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 organic materials (examples: dirt, leaves or food).
  • No use of weapons or simulated weapons.
  • No sharp protruding objects or edges (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 should not require staff assistance to be assembled (especially to be moved around) or to be brought into the facility. If necessary, you may 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.
  • Artwork cannot have any identification of creator or school on the piece or in the title of the artwork.


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

The judging is conducted by teachers, art professors, museum curators, art appraisers and/or gallery owners and will take place at 5:00 p.m. on November 20, 2015.


  • 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



Important Dates

Nov. 13th, by 5:00 PM
Application deadline (online, email or mail)

Nov. 19th, 12:00-5:00 PM
Drop off finished artwork at FLMNH (No late submissions/ Artwork must be complete by drop off)

Nov. 20th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Awards/Reception at FLMNH

Nov. 23rd, by 5:00 PM
Pick up all non-winning artwork* from FLMNH

Nov. 29th, 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 23rd by 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 mark the 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 20, 2015.


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