Earth Day Recycled Art Contest

To promote recycling and celebrate “Earth Day” (April 22), the York County Solid Waste Authority sponsors  an annual Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students.  Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate and may submit artwork individually or as a team.  Entries must contain 100% recycled, recovered or found content with the exception of paints, dyes, adhesives, canvas and mounting hardware. – Entries may contain any recycled material as art medium, with the exception of food matter. 

Entries are installed in a “gallery” location and displayed for one week.  A reception and awards ceremony is held during that week.  A search is currently underway for a gallery location for the 2019 Recycled Art contest.  Event dates and location to be announced at a later date. 


-$600 in art supply gift certificates, split evenly between artist(s) and school, will be awarded for first place, $400, split, for second place and $200, split, for third place. If the winning artists compete in the contest as a group, half of the prize will be awarded to the group and half to their school. For a student group portion, YCSWA will award individual gift certificates divided amongst the students whose names are submitted with the final art work of the group. -In the case of a prize awarded to a home-schooled student, no school portion shall be given.

Check back and click here in late 2018 for a link to the Full Earth Day Recycled Art Contest Guidelines and Application.

In 2018, participating schools included Central York High School, Kennard-Dale High School, Northern York County High School, Red Land High School, Red Lion Area High School, South Western High School, Susquehannock High School and York Suburban High School. Thirty-five students participated.

Contest judging and a public reception were held at the Creative York West Gallery at 118 West Philadelphia Street in York on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Each student winner received an art supply gift certificate and his/her school’s art department was also granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.

First place was awarded to “A Sea of Plastic” created by Annabelle Hall and Stevie King of Susquehannock High School. In second place was “Humans are the Waste Makers” created by Jacqueline Eberle of Red Land High School. Third place went to “Tiamat Goddess of Dragons” created by Emma Crumling and Lea Wilhelm of Central York High School.

Prizes were awarded based on artistic technique, artistic expression and creative use of recycled materials. Judges were Past President of York Art Association, Janie McKnight; Director of Marketing and Exhibitions at Creative York, Susan Scofield and Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, Tom Smith.

Below are some photos of the 2018 Earth Day Recycled Art Contest:

“A Sea of Plastic” by Annabelle Hall (left) and Stevie King (right) of Susquehannock High School
“Humans are the Waste Makers” by Jacqueline Eberle of Red Land High School
“Tiamat Goddess of Dragons” by Emma Crumling (left) and Lea Wilhelm (right) of Central York High School

The following photos are from “Picker Day” held in February at Refindings (York Architectural Warehouse) where artists can sift through items and select free materials to use in their recycled art projects: