Students on stage at Shenango campus during Earth Fest 2016

Students of the Upcycled Art Contest receive certificates and giveaways for their participation in last year's event.

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Upcycled Art Contest to be held in conjunction with 2017 Earth Fest

SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango is gearing up for its second Earth Fest Upcycled Art Contest, which is being held in conjunction with Earth Day 2017 on Saturday, April 8. The event was designed to inspire elementary and middle school students to create treasure from “trash.”

“We were so pleased with the artwork that the students entered into our contest last year,” said Jen Jewell, instructor in physical therapist assistant program and chair of the Faculty Outreach Committee at Penn State Shenango. “We are looking forward to seeing what they will come up with this year and hoping that even more students will participate.”

The art contest contains two categories: the first is a small group project for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers, Girl Scout leaders, or others who want to put together a small group to participate, will need to have their students, as a group, create a two-dimensional (not to exceed 11” x 14”) or three-dimensional (not to exceed a 12” x 12” x 12”) piece of artwork using only material that has been previously used and/or potentially destined for recycling or the land fill. The second category of the Upcycled Art Contest is titled “Reflection on Reuse.”

The contest, which is also for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, requires students to work individually to create a two-dimensional (not to exceed 11” x 14”) or three-dimensional (not to exceed a 12” x 12” x 12”) piece of artwork using only material that has been previously used and/or potentially destined for recycling or the landfill. All artwork entered into the contest will be displayed at the Penn State Shenango Earth Fest in the campus’ Art Gallery located in Sharon Hall 222 on April 8.

All submissions must include a completed entry form dropped off with the students’ art project between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. the week of March 27 in Lecture Hall Room 225, located at 147 Shenango Ave. in Sharon. Local school pick up can be arranged upon request. All artwork must be picked up between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8,

For details or an entry form, go to http://www.personal.psu.edu/ber140/2017ArtContest.pdf. For more information, contact Jen Jewell at 724-983-2886.