The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System is holding their 2nd Annual Virtual TrashedArt Contest. Remake, Reuse and Renew the items you would recycle or throw in the trash into something unique and beautiful and rethink the usefulness of garbage. Not convinced? Check out these blog posts that interview prior participants along with the results from last year’s contest!

TrashedArt at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch – Part 1: April 24, 2020

TrashedArt at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch – Part 2: May 22, 2020

2020 Contest Results

Contest Guidelines

Open to artists in grades 7–12 and adults living or working in Mercer County. One entry per artist.

Entries must be original artwork. All photos of the artwork must be submitted as .jpg files. Please keep in mind that low resolution photos will be blurry when they are presented. If you are unsure how to get a higher resolution, take the photo with a smartphone or digital camera. Please feel free to call the Reference Desk for assistance.

Entries must use a minimum of 75% recycled content – metals, paper, rubber, glass, plastic, cloth, etc. The criteria for recycled is something that has been manufactured and would be otherwise thrown away. Non-recyclable materials such as glue, paint, tape, etc. are permitted. Suggestions: newspapers, fabric from old clothing, machine parts, used building materials. For the purposes of this contest, natural materials such as rocks, dirt, bones, and sticks are not considered recycled.

All accepted art entries will be publicly displayed on the Mercer County Library System’s website and social media channels. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and artistic merit. Judging and voting will take place between Monday, April 26 and Friday, April 30. Winners will be announced at the TrashedArt 2021 Virtual Reception on the Mercer County Library System’s Facebook page. Certificates will be given for first, second, and third place in both adult and high-school age categories.

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted before 5:00 PM on Friday, April 16, 2021. They can be submitted in a two ways:

  1. Fill out the TrashedArt Contest Entry Form online. This is below.
  2. Download and fill out the TrashedArt Contest Entry Form PDF version. Submit the form via email to lawprogs@mcl.org before 5:00 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. A copy of the entry form must be attached along with at least one photo of the artwork. All photos of the artwork must be submitted as .jpg files.

If you need help or assistance, please contact or visit the Lawrence Headquarters’ Branch Reference Desk. Their telephone number is 609-883-8292.

TRASHEDart 2021 Contest Entry Form



    You will need a parent/guardian to sign off on your contest submission. Please have them fill out their name, agree to the entry, and submit.