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 trashart@muzeo.org.

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

In 1906, The Anaheim City Chamber of Commerce recognized the city’s need for a formal public library building. Up to this time, the city only had a book subscription service including a small selection of books housed in the back of a local general store.By 1907, the Chamber of Commerce had acquired a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie’s office. The land necessary to construct the Carnegie Library building was purchased for a fraction of its regular cost at $2,400. The money to purchase the corner lot was raised by 75 local residents who deeply believed in the benefits of a public library for the flourishing city.

The Carnegie Library was designed by Los Angeles architect John C. Austin, with the final designs approved in early 1908. These final designs presented a building in a Classic Revival Style, which was commonly chosen for Carnegie-funded buildings. The red clay tile roof however was chosen as a nod to local history and classic Spanish design.

The Anaheim Library would not have evolved as it did without the dedication of passionate Anaheim citizens. During its time as a Public Library, the Carnegie Library building was lifted up by its librarians, whose careers lasted a remarkably long time. Head librarian Elizabeth Calnon and children’s librarian Elva Haskett served the library and Anaheim community for much of their lives, supporting the Public library throughout its significant growth.

As the city of Anaheim developed and the population increased, the small Carnegie Library was no longer capable of housing the ever-growing collection of books and the demand for library services. In response to this, the city opened a new Central Library nearby in 1963. After the transfer of libraries had been completed, the Carnegie Library was left vacant for three years before housing the city’s Personnel Department.

The Carnegie Library became a historical library, research center, and museum in 1978 and was officially recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The historic building has undergone renovations as the years passed and ADA laws were enacted. 1985 saw the addition of an elevator, support structures, new plumbing, and new electrical systems.

Mark Hall-Patton was a crucial force in the development of the Anaheim Museum, laying the groundwork for the Carnegie Library to become a thriving museum space for the community. He was the museum’s first employee in 1984 and became the Anaheim Museum’s first director. As the first director, Hall-Patton finalized the museum’s agreements with the city and raised funds to help the museum flourish.

Another driving force in the Anaheim Museum’s history is Mildred “Midge” Taggart. She worked tirelessly to acquire and preserve antiques and symbols of Anaheim’s history until they could be safely housed in a museum.

The Anaheim Museum, which had been residing in the historic Carnegie Library for decades, was replaced by Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in 2007. The city saw this building as the perfect site for Muzeo due to the building’s rich history of community involvement and education, both core elements of Muzeo’s mission.

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center complex exhibits in both the historic Carnegie Library as well as a new main gallery building, built in 2007. While the majority of the galleries now primarily display artworks rather than artifacts, the Carnegie Library still exhibits a collection of artifacts rooted in Anaheim’s History, spanning from prehistoric times to the modern era.

Today, Muzeo stands as an integral part of the Anaheim community, seeking to bring together our local communities and ensure the accessibility of the arts and education.

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