2021 Recycled Art Contest

October 27, 2021 | By Baltimore County Public Library

In celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Owings Mills Branch and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Owings Mills Extension Center present the 2021 Recycled Art Contest, where we challenge crafters in grades kindergarten through 12 to create a piece of art out of recycled material, to demonstrate our community’s commitment to sustainability.  

For questions, email owingsmills@bcpl.net

Categories and Awards 

One winner is selected from each: 

  • Category: Grades kindergarten through 5
    Award: Tickets to Port Discovery 
  • Category: Grades 6 through 8
    Award: Tickets to the Maryland Science Center 
  • Category: Grades 9 through 12
    Award: Tickets to the National Aquarium 

Rules for Entry 

Art pieces must meet the following criteria to be eligible to win: 

  • Original art 
  • One entry per person 
  • At least 70 percent recycled material 
  • Art can be 2D or 3D, but must be no larger than 15 inches (length) by 12 inches (height) by 15 inches (width)

Entries must be submitted via email to owingsmills@bcpl.net by Monday, November 8, at 8 p.m. Entries must include a completed and legible Consent and Permission form (PDF) with parent or legal guardian’s signature, attached to the email.

Winners will be contacted on Friday, November 12, and artwork displayed at the Owings Mills Branch from Monday, November 15, through Friday, December 3. 


Entries are evaluated by a panel of library and CCBC staff. One winner is selected in each age group based on the following criteria: 

  • Creative use of recycled materials: 40 percent 
  • Neatness and craftsmanship: 20 percent
  • Design and appearance: 20 percent
  • Overall impression: 20 percent

Upcoming Events 

  • Recycled Art Night
    Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
    Owings Mills Branch, Third Floor Meeting Room 
    Description: Get creative with reusable scraps to make a sustainable art piece! Materials will be provided. Art may be entered into contest. Materials not used during the event are available to pick up at the Owings Mills Branch during regular library hours between November 3 and November 5. 
  • Recycled Art Exhibition
    Monday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
    Owings Mills Branch, First floor café space 
    Description: An art reception celebrating the creativity of local youth. View the sustainable art entries and learn about new initiatives designed to keep our community green. Co-presented by CCBC.

Additional Information

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In the words of CCBC Assistant Professor of Physical Science, Anna Jaworski, “using recycled materials to make art is a win-win-win: the community benefits, it helps to highlight our issues with waste and it keeps at least a few things out of the landfill.”  

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