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2019 Art of Recycling Contest with Coca-Cola™

Through the involvement of Coca-Cola™, students, and the Student Unions & Activities, the contest highlights collaboration through the creation of artwork with an environmental message. Asking artists to use a wide variety of recycled materials, the "Art of Recycling: Design to Make a Difference" contest gives local artists the chance to experiment with various media, materials, and techniques in order to create an original piece, which creatively thinks about environmental issues while at the same time competing for prizes.


  • Grand Prize – Tablet Pro + Tablet Pencil, and Tablet Keyboard (ARV: $1,417)
  • Second Prize – $500 Bookstore card
  • Third Prize – $250 Bookstore gift card
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $50 Bookstore gift card

How It Works

All applicants must pre-register here:

Applicants must be currently registered students at the University of Minnesota. All students registered for at least 6 credits during spring semester 2019 are eligible to compete. All applicants must drop off their entry between 8am-noon on April 24, 2019 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. No late entries will be accepted. Winners will be announced at 3pm on April 24th and will be on display until 5:30pm. Participants must pick up their entries between 5:30 and 8pm on April 24. Any entries not claimed will be recycled!

To be eligible for Contest judging and prize award, an Entry must meet the following requirements:

  1. Entry must be original and made by Entrant.
  2. One (1) Entry per person and each Entry must be submitted by only one (1) person, no teams.
  3. Entry must include:
    • At least 45% recycled Coca-Cola product packages, along with any other recycled materials.
    • For a complete list of Coca-Cola products visit the Coca-Cola brands list.
  1. Entry cannot include any competing products of The Coca-Cola Company.
  2. Entry can only be entered in one (1) category:
    • 2D – Wall Hanging
    • 3D – Free standing
    • Wearable Art
  1. Entry must include completed Official Entry Form or, if not available, on a plain piece of paper, handprint your first and last name, complete address (no P.O. Boxes), city, state, ZIP code, University name, daytime and alternate telephone numbers. (If you do not have a phone number, indicate “No Phone”. Failure to comply with this or any other Official Rule will result in disqualification.). Each Entrant must also confirm that he/she is 18 years of age (19 in AL and NE) or older, either by checking the box on the Official Entry form or writing the words “I confirm that I am 18 years of age (or 19 in AL and NE) or older” on paper entry. You will also need to check which one category your Entry is being entered: A) 2D (wall hanging), B) 3D (free standing), C) Wearable art.
  2. All eligible Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: Use of Coca-Cola Product Packages (45%), Creativity (35%), Construction (20%).
  3. Entry must be submitted in person between the hours of 8am and noon on 4/24/2019 to the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union (Ground floor). Contact Charlotte Elo or Lydia Anderson at with questions.

Official Rules

Pre-Registration Form (all participating artists must pre-register)

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