SHARON, Pa. — Preparations are underway at Penn State Shenango for the annual Upcycled Art Contest. The contest jump-starts the campus’ yearly Earth Fest celebration, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 4. The contest encourages elementary and middle school students to find creative uses for “trash.”
“Last year’s turnout was phenomenal, and the submissions were amazing,” said Tiffany Petricini, lecturer in communications and chair of the Earth Fest Art Contest subcommittee at Penn State Shenango.
The art contest contains two categories: the first is titled “Reflection on Reuse.” This category, for grades kindergarten through sixth, 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.
The second category of the Upcycled Art Contest is a “Small Group Project,” which is also for children 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 landfill.
All artwork entered into the contest will be displayed at the Penn State Shenango Earth Fest in the campus’ Atrium, located between the first floors of Sharon Hall and Lecture Hall, on Saturday, April 4.
All submissions must include a completed entry form and dropped off with the students’ art project the week of March 16, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in Lecture Hall Room 225, located at 147 Shenango Ave. in Sharon. Local school pickup can be arranged upon request. All artwork must be picked back up on Saturday, April 4, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.