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2018 Trash Artist Challenge Exhibition




May 12 – 27, 2018: Complimentary Admission in the Carnegie Gallery

Enter by April 20, artwork drop-off May 8-9.

For the downloadable instructions in PDF format, click here: 2018 Trash Art rules PDF.

What is the TrashARTist Challenge?  The Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge is a county-wide art contest that promotes zero-waste recycling by encouraging students to turn trash into art.  The Challenge includes an Awards Ceremony and Expo on May 12, 2018, followed by a public exhibition of the winning participants’ artwork.

The purpose of the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge is to recognize students’ artistic reuse of trash to promote a message of creative conservation and sustainability.

What is the TrashARTist Challenge Awards Ceremony and Expo?  The Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge Awards Ceremony and Expo is a free special event where participants, their families, sponsors, and community leaders gather to recognize the TrashARTist Challenge entries and winners, and to celebrate sustainability efforts in our community.

TrashARTist Challenge Awards Ceremony and Expo
Saturday, May 12, 12pm – 3pm at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim 92805

Who can enter the TrashARTist Challenge Art Contest?  An individual or group, who – for the 2017-2018 school year – are in grades 3 through 12, and are supervised by an educator or adult advisor in Orange County, California.

How do you sign up?  Sign up to participate in the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge by having an educator or adult advisor complete the Entry Form. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, April 20, 2018.


Contest Eligibility Requirements:

  • The final Entry Form and photo submission is due Friday, April 20, 2018. The final entry form will include a photo release and pledge of authenticity.  Entries that the judges deem as plagiarizing, not the artist’s authentic work, or an infringement on copyrighted material will be disqualified.  There may be interviews conducted with artists to verify their participation on the project.
  • Artwork must be composed of a majority of recycled materials.
  • Due to space limitations for 2018, project size may not exceed 36” high x 36” wide” by 36” long. Projects that exceed these restrictions will not be accepted for display or entry.  No exceptions.
  • Due to space limitations, all projects must be a collaboration, with a minimum of three (3) studentsworking on each project. Each student may only contribute to only one (1) art project submission.
  • All projects must be family friendly in theme and physical safety.
  • At least one project representative (student or educator/adult advisor) must be present at the Expo (May 12). All participants and their family/friends are encouraged to attend!

Contest Judging:

  • All projects must meet the Contest Eligibility Requirements to be eligible for judging.
  • Projects must be turned in at Muzeo for setup between 2:00 pm and 5:00 p.m. on either May 8 or 9
  • Projects must be freestanding or have its own display system. Projects may not lean against a wall for judging.  Please insure that your project is sturdy and provide any necessary stands or display materials.
  • Entrants are solely responsible for transportation and haul away of artwork.
  • Due to space limitations, only winning entries will be displayed for 2017. Other submissions will need to be taken home the day of the Expo.
  • Winning entries may be retained for additional promotional or marketing purposes.
  • A panel of judges from arts, business, and education fields will select the winners.
  • Entries will be judged on creative interpretation of the TrashART theme, execution, use of recycled materials, ability to transcend the materials from their original form, and overall aesthetic appeal.
  • Special recognition may be given to particular projects at the discretion of the judges.

When the winners will be announced:

Muzeo’s TrashARTist Challenge 2018 winners will be announced at the Muzeo TrashARTist Challenge Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Awards and prizes will be distributed from the main stage at 2:30pm.

Winners will be announced in the following categories:

Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
1st Place2nd Place

Honorable Mention

1st Place2nd Place

Honorable Mention

1st Place2nd Place

Honorable Mention

Please note special recognition may be given to particular projects at the discretion of the judges.


Key Dates and Deadlines

April 20, 2018, 11:59 pm Deadline to submit Entry Form.
May 8-9, 2018 Intake days.  Projects must be turned in at Muzeo for setup between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm on either March 8 or 9 only.
May 12, 2018 Muzeo’s TrashARTist Challenge Awards Ceremony and Expo, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
May 12 – 27, 2018 2018 TrashARTist Challenge Exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery.
June 1, 2018 Pick-up Deadline.  All artwork left at Muzeo past the pick up deadline will be recycled.


Questions?  E-mail Della Rose, Education Specialist, at

Thank you to our sponsors Disneyland ResortAnaheim Public Utilities, the City of Anaheim and VisitAnaheim for making the TrashARTist Challenge & Expo possible!


If you would like to become a sponsor of the 2018 TrashARTist Challenge, please contact:
Josh Spears, Executive Director

Penelope Agosta, Development Director
714-765-6465 or
714-499-1157 Mobile

Artwork featured: Night by Jennifer Ingertila
Photo credit: Raeha Keller


Carnegie Gallery

The Historic 1908 Carnegie Library is on the United States National Register of Historic Places, and was built using a 10K grant funded by Andrew Carnegie. It served as the city library until 1963, then became home to the Anaheim Museum in 1987 before becoming part of Muzeo in 2007. Available for private event rental.

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