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.  Contest awards are $600 in art supply gift certificates, split evenly between artist(s) and school, for first place, $400, split, for second place and $200, split, for third place.  Click here to see additional rules and guidelines and to access the contest application.  Entry deadline is February 15, 2019.

Again this year, an artist “Picker Day” will be held at Refindings, 465 East Prospect Street in York on Saturday, February 23, 2019 (snow date March 2).  See the contest application for more details.  Refindings generously donates free materials for Recycled Art Contest artists to use in their pieces.  Make sure to check out the photos below of last year’s fun at Picker Day.

This year the contest exhibit and awards event will be held at York College’s Marketview Arts Gallery at 37 West Philadelphia Street in downtown York.  Please note that this is a different location from prior years.  The contest exhibit will be on display in the Marketview Arts Gallery from Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, 2019.  Click here for gallery hours and information.  The contest awards event will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 


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 2018 at Refindings where artists sifted through items and selected free materials to use in their recycled art projects: