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UPCYCLE-Art Competition



Sponsored by Catamount Arts and Kingdom Trails



Catamount Arts and Kingdom Trails, co-sponsors of the 2016 UPCYCLE ART BIKE COMPETITION are pleased to announce that artist Harlan Mack has received a $1,000 Grand Prize for his metal sculpture entitled Jasmine recently displayed at the mountain bike festival NEMBAfest held in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Created specifically for the competition, Jasmine was sculpted entirely from recycled—or upcycled—bike parts and selected from seven works by six other artist finalists. Works by all finalists are for sale and will be on display in various locations in East Burke and Lyndonville, Vermont through October 15.

“We were especially excited to blend the world of art with the sphere of bicycling—and the idea of using recycled components really struck home,” says Tim Tierney, Executive Director of Kingdom Trails. “We know this competition will grow from year to year just as the number of cyclists traveling to our region.” Tierney’s remarks were supported by the success of this year’s NEMBAfest, attended by more than 1,800 visitors who came to enjoy the more than 100 mile trail network in rural part of Vermont.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Harlan Mack is a multidisciplinary artist based at the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) in Johnson, VT. A graduate of Johnson State College, Mack exhibits both nationally and internationally. For more on the artist and his work, see

ABOUT UPCYCLING Bikes not only provide an economical form of transport, but also inspire exciting and provocative art. Ever since Marcel Duchamp artists have used bike parts as material for creative expression. Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ai Weiwei have upcycled frames, wheels, gears, and chains for museum exhibitions and international art fairs. Attendees of Burning Man make rideable art to navigate the Nevada desert. Upcycled art not only reveals the human spirit, but also makes known other decreases our carbon footprint by limiting what is sent to the landfill.

ABOUT CATAMOUNT ARTS As northern New England’s largest independent arts center, Catamount Arts hosts a diversified program in film, music, theater, dance, and visual art. Founded in 1975, the organization operates out of a newly renovated facility, presenting screenings of world class film; live simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet, and London’s National Theatre; performances by such nationally recognized touring artists as Grammy nominee Neko Case; and changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Catamount Arts is located in downtown St. Johnsbury, Vermont. For more information, call (802) 748-2600 or visit

ABOUT UPCYCLE ART BIKE COMPETITION: In May of 2016, two of northern Vermont’s most prominent organizations Put out a call to artists seeking creative individuals to participate in an exciting opportunity. Duchamp began the process in 1913 and since then Picasso, Rauschenberg, Ai Weiwei and Burning Man Festival attendees have upcycled bike parts to create environmentally friendly sculpture.  Catamount Arts (CA) and Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) have partnered to sponsor the 2016 UPCYCLE ART BIKE COMPETITION and invite submissions of 3-dimensional works by both emerging and established artists.

PRIZES: Grand prize of $1,000 awarded, along with other cash prizes and contributed products. A select number of art bikes received $500 purchase prizes and then were installed for the remainder of summer 2016 at KTA or with UPCYCLE ART BIKE COMPETITION business sponsors.

DISPLAY: Selected works were on public display at NEMBAfest, a celebration of all things bike at Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont June 17-19, 2016. Art Bikes winning purchase prizes were installed outside area businesses, as well as featured in advertising and other promotional material.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Competition was juried by Catamount Arts Curator Katherine French, recognized for curatorial excellence and named “Best Curator of Locally Made Art” at the Boston Art Awards.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Submitted works should upcycle bike parts and may include chains, frames, handlebars, seats, wheels and fenders. Works of unlimited size may be stable, interactive, or kinetic or even rideable. Please note that works considered for cash or purchase prizes will be installed outside and subject to Vermont weather, and should be designed and crafted accordingly.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Catamount Arts accepted online submissions only for the 2016 UPCYCLE ART BIKE COMPETITION through which requires the artist to upload image and/or video submissions and complete the application process.

APPLICATION FEES: $20 application fee allowed up to five submissions from one artist. Applicants received two Catamount Arts movie vouchers, plus two Kingdom Trails day passes ($30 total value) to keep or give as gifts.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Call for Entries via SlideRoom began at 5 pm on Friday, April 15, 2016 and ran through 5 pm on Monday, June 3, 2016. Successful applicants were notified by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2016. No late submissions were considered.