“LOVE” by our juror, Rachel Lynn Hernandez, is created with reclaimed metals. (Mirrored Mind Design. Image copyright of the artist).

UPCYCLED:  Art from Recycled Materials

September 1- November 5th, 2021 The Downtowner Gallery

In the era of consumer culture and too much trash; Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose is the theme of this show. What inspiring art materials can you find in your recycling bin? We invite local artists to express themselves outside the box….or maybe even use the actual box!

There are no hard and fast rules except that we want you to use some sort of reclaimed materials in the final work or in the process of creation. We don’t have a specific measurement or required percentage of recycled material – just use a bit of something from our throw-away world. Here are some ideas:

  • create mosaics from bottle caps or recycled dishes
  • sculpt with electronics parts, clothing, reclaimed metal, plastics, or leftover paint tubes
  • make printing plates from junk plywood or bubble wrap
  • draw or print on a cereal box or toilet paper tubes (we can make framing exceptions for this show)
  • paint on fence boards or old windows
  • collage with magazines or books
  • knit or macrame with plastic grocery bags

Show us your most kooky ideas – we welcome your creations! The main goal is that you have fun and make something creative with material that otherwise would be discarded.

All media will be accepted, 2D and 3D.  Make sure you tell us about the recycled component(s) in your written description, especially if it is not obvious. Please think about these important questions you will be asked on our application 1) describe your recycled material, usage and process. 2) Tell us how it will be displayed (on the wall with a wire, on a pedestal, any other way).

We are pleased to announce Rachel Lynn Hernandez as our primary JUROR. Rachel Lynn is a Creative Recycler, using discarded materials to make beautiful artistic and/or functional objects. She has an ability to see objects in other ways that differ from their intended purpose. The goal of this art movement is to help inspire others to rethink our waste and to bring attention to our growing waste crisis. You can find her at MirroredMindDesign.com or on Instagram @mirrored_mind_design.

  • You may submit up to 3 pieces. There is a flat fee of $20.
  • Hanging canvases must be a minimum of 1 inch in depth.
  • Maximum weight; 50 lbs for 2D,  100 lbs for 3D.

Questions? info@roundrockarts.org

  • Show runs: September 1 – November 5th
  • Open Call deadline: Wednesday July 28, 5:00pm
  • Artist Notification: Friday August 13
  • Drop off: Sunday August 29, 2pm- 4pm
  • Pick up: Sunday November 7th, 2-4pm  *(Artists who are exhibiting in WEST, please contact us with pick-up appointment questions.)


  • No media limitations. No size limitations. Maximum weight, 50lbs for wall pieces and 100 lbs for floor or pedestal display pieces.
  • We accept only original works, created by the artist/entrant.
  • Only submit work that is available to exhibit. Do not submit the same piece to multiple venues.
  • All artwork must be exhibited for the duration of the exhibit. Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work nor withdraw that work once it is accepted.
  • Entrants must be at least 16 years old at delivery of artwork. Parental consent required for artists under 18.
  • Artwork must be hand delivered (may NOT be mailed or shipped). No storage either before drop-off dates, or after pick-up dates. Shipped art will be rejected at delivery.
  • Art must be family friendly as it will be displayed in a public space.
  • Selected artists must agree to the artist agreement and Waiver of Liability form.


  • Label your work with TITLE of ARTWORK (1st) and LAST NAME (2nd): format = title of work-last name.  For example: StarryNight-VanGogh.jpg
  • Formats accepted: jpeg, png, or gif. Max = 2 MB per image or less.
  • Each artist may submit up to 3 images at $20 flat rate.
  • Price: use whole numbers only, no decimals or $ signs.
  • Complete the Artist Information and Waiver of Liability.


  • Each 2D work must have a hanging WIRE attached to D-rings (no sawtooth hangers, eye rings or loops). Make sure hanging wire is substantial enough to support it for the duration of the show. See video for hanging requirements and wiring guidelines CLICK HERE.
  • All works on fragile paper must be framed under glass. Plexiglass is required for framed work over 24 inches on any side. All framed work must be in good repair with a wire on the back.
  • Edge finish  – canvas edges should be painted, thin canvases should be framed (if less than 1 inch).
  • 3D pieces; please specify any special display needs such as pedestal, electricity, television monitor, or walk-around space.
  • Safety in the gallery and of security of the artwork is our priority! If work is deemed unsafe or difficult to display, it will be REJECTED from the show at our discretion. Work will not be accepted at drop off or artist will be notified.


  • LABEL your work on the back. Include title, artist name, phone number and email.
  • Please deliver art on the drop off August 29 from 2-4pm (or arrange for someone else to drop it off).
  • Take all packing material home with you.
  • No work is accepted that requires delivery or storage.
  • RRA reserves the right to reject artwork that is misrepresented or is unsafe to display.
  • Art will be rejected if the artist did not sign or submit artist agreement / waiver, either online or printed and delivered with artwork.


  • We will not be responsible for loss of work not picked up at the requested time and place. We have no storage in the Downtowner Gallery.
  • If the artist is not picking up the work(s), a signed statement or email from the artist with the name and phone number of the person picking up the work is required. This includes any information about a buyer.  *Artists who are exhibiting in WEST, please contact us with pick-up appointment questions.
  • Artwork that is not picked up on the pick up date, without prior arrangements made by email four days in advance or by phone during business hours, will be deemed abandoned and property of Round Rock after three days following the close of the show.
  • Artists who have sold their work during the show are expected to ensure that their buyers pick up the work during the established pick-up date and time. If the buyer is not available, the artist will pick up the work and arrange for an exchange between the artist and the buyer.


  • Since we do not have a sales commission, we kindly ask Artists to donate 25% of SOLD WORK to RRA (indicate your willingness to donate on submission form). We truly appreciate your donation.
  • If your piece is sold, we will deduct 3.25% in credit card fees, minus 25% donation to RRA (if you have indicated willingness to donate). Artists will be paid by mail approximately one week after show close. Please make sure to enter your address correctly when applying to the call.
  • The Artist is expected to report income to the IRS. RRA is not liable for any unpaid income taxes.
  • If sold:
    1) A buyer may not pick up the work until art pick up date / time as stated in the call.
    2) The buyer is expected to pick up the work at the pick up days and times OR the artist will need to make other arrangements between buyer and artist.


You will be excluded in any RRA show over the next year under the following conditions:

  • Failure to submit the EXACT piece after jury acceptance. Your submission image will be compared to the image on the sign in sheet at delivery.
  • Asking us to replace or remove an item because the work was sold or in another show.
  • Work was not delivered on the drop off date and time. It is okay to have work delivered by a friend.
  • Removal of the work before the pick up date (end of show) by the artist or the buyer.


 Originality: In consideration of the opportunity to display my work to the public, and other good and valuable consideration, the adequacy and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, I, the undersigned artist, certify that the art that I am submitting is my original art and that I am the author and creator of such art. I acknowledge that RRA reserves the right to accept or deny any submission with or without cause.

Promotion and Publicity: I grant RRA permission to publish in all media my name, artwork, and location for use in promotion through print media, television, and the internet. I further allow RRA to release such information to other persons and entities. My name will be attributed to my pieces that are shown by RRA or other persons or entities.

Responsibility: I understand that RRA and its partner gallery sponsors do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to my artwork(s) or the loss or damage to frames or glass, no matter how sustained. Reasonable safety and electronic security precautions are in place to ensure added protection of my work. I also understand that RRA strongly recommends that I carry my own personal property insurance. Current partners include Williamson County (Jester Justice Center), the city of Round Rock (The Downtowner Art Gallery), and Texas State University- Round Rock Campus.

Artwork remains in the gallery until the end of the exhibit: I understand that if my artwork is accepted for the show that the work may not be removed from the exhibition until the pick up date described in the Call for Art. It is my responsibility to notify RRA in writing or by email of a third-party pick-up of artwork at the conclusion of the exhibition. Artwork accepted by the judges, if sold prior to the exhibit, must be placed in the show. Replacement pieces are not accepted.