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Saturday March 28 2015 - Deadline to Enter the “Greener Studio Challenge”—A Competition for New England College, University and Art School Students

Open to students attending colleges, universities and art schools in New England, the Greener Studio Challenge is a competition and exhibit exploring the creation of: (A) Works of art using more sustainable (e.g., less toxic, safer) materials, media, supplies and/or practices (e.g., efficient use of water and energy; reuse of materials; minimization of exposure to hazardous materials); and (B) Green Chemistry—safer and less hazardous art materials, media and supplies

Visual artists and teaching institutions use hazardous materials and natural resources in the creation of art.  Issues include the use of and exposure to materials that contain known or suspected carcinogens, respiratory irritants, or hormone-disrupting chemicals. 

Many people are unaware of the hazards associated with certain materials and supplies and/or the availability of safer alternatives that can be used with little or no adverse impact on artistry.  For resources on health and safety considerations in the arts, see http://guides.turi.org/artehsguide.  For information on the 12 principles of green chemistry, see http://www.beyondbenign.org/greenchemistry/12principles.html.

Submitted artwork or green chemistry research posters will be displayed at an exhibition in Lowell, Massachusetts, from April 9 to May 11, 2015.  Awards will be given in both (A) Works of Art and (B) Green Chemistry.

Partners in the Greener Studio Challenge include:  Beyond Benign, College of the Atlantic, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Toxic Use Reduction Institute, Troublefield~nyc, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Financial support is partly being provided through a “Greening the Visual Arts” pollution prevention grant (NP9618370) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

To get updates, additional information and/or entry forms, please contact Greener_Studio_Challenge@uml.edu or Madeline Snow, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at  978-934-4875.

Download Greener Studio Challenge Guidelines, Rules and Entry Forms: Art Work

Download Greener Studio Challenge Guidelines, Rules and Entry Forms: Green Chemistry