2017 Eco-Art Challenge 2017-03-30T13:49:51+00:00

About the Show

In 2015, Spectrum Creative Arts hosted it’s very first Eco-Art Challenge, inspiring the Rochester community to look at recycling and sustainable through an artistic lens.

The premise behind the challenge was simple: choose a material that is commonly thrown away and use it to create interesting and innovative works of art. Our first challenge challenge material was K-cups – the ubiquitous, individual serving coffee pods that, while convenient to use, have been piling up in landfills across the country. The following year we put on a show featuring artwork made entirely out of cardboard.

Each challenge has culminated in a community reception featuring the original work that was submitted by artists of all ages and abilities throughout the Rochester community.

This year we are once again inviting the Rochester community to participate in this unique art opportunity by submitting work for our 2017 Eco-Art Challenge.

2017 Show Theme and Call for Artwork

16580_1This year’s Eco-Art Challenge features a unique Rochester twist! Our show this year will center around……Trash Plates!

You may know Trash Plates as the tasty combination of hamburger/hotdog, mac salad, french fries, and hot sauce all piled together (originally created as the Garbage Plate by local restaurant, Nick Tahou’s), which was definitely our inspiration for the show! This year, we’re asking local artists (and local organizations) to submit original work around this theme that meets the following guidelines:

  1. Artwork must use a dinner plate as the main surface of the piece. (Plates will be available for pick up from Spectrum Creative Arts. Want to use your own? No problem! Just make sure to email Ben@spectrumcreativearts.org to make sure it’s suitable for display).
  2. Artwork must be comprised of primarily recycled or disposable materials.

All artwork must be dropped off to Spectrum Creative Arts no later than Friday, April 14th. All work must be accompanied by a submission form.

We can’t wait to see what our community artists will create!! 🙂

Application for Participation

Complete the application linked below to register as participant in this year’s Eco-Art Challenge.


Opening Reception

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 PM

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