Recyclables showcase renewed rewards

Brady Gross/Sun Star Reporter
April 23, 2013

Michael Montalbano's piece entitled "Hands off" is on display for the 2013 Sustainable Art Show. Montalbano's piece was made using a glove, glass, tile, wire and clay, and won Best Use of Glass. Office of Sustainability and the Art Department hosted the bi-annual show. The art gallery is located near the ASUAF Office in the Wood Center Lakeidra Chavis/Sun Star

Michael Montalbano’s piece entitled “Hands off” is on display for the 2013 Sustainable Art Show. Montalbano’s piece was made using a glove, glass, tile, wire and clay, and won Best Use of Glass. Office of Sustainability and the Art Department hosted the bi-annual show. The art gallery is located near the ASUAF Office in the Wood Center Lakeidra Chavis/Sun Star

The UAF Office of Sustainability hosted its biannual UAF Sustainability Art show Tuesday, April 16 to Monday, April 22 in the Wood Center next to the ASUAF offices. The Office of Sustainability presented awards for the “visionary use of recycled materials” on Thursday, April 18, hosted by Chancellor Brian Rogers.

The Office of Sustainability and the UAF Art Department sponsors a Sustainability Art Show twice a year. UAF students, faculty and staff submitted art comprised of recycled or reclaimed materials. Art submissions were judged on best use of recyclables, creativity and originality, and overall design.

The showcase is meant to show “alternative uses for materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill,” according to The Office of Sustainability’s website. Submissions were accepted by drop off at the Wood Center on Monday April 15.

Junior Social Work student Ruby Bynum, entered a piece for this year’s showcase for the first time. Bynum is in a beginning art class where her professor urged the class to submit work since the class had recently worked on making paper from recycled paper scraps. Bynum entered an ink-pen drawing of an owl on paper she spent a few hours creating.

Bynum won the award for Best Drawing for her piece “Owl.” She wasn’t aware she had won until her interview with The Sun Star on Sunday, April 21. “Did I get an award? I’m so surprised,” Bynum said.

Bynum had an encounter earlier this year with two owls on campus that sparked her inspiration for the piece. While doing her RA security rounds at Cutler one evening she, “turned around to look at the one [owl] on the lamp post and it flew down right at my head! And then I watched them just talk to each other and then they both flew off,” Bynum said

Various other awards were given out for several categories. “Best Use of Paper” went to Sarita Spindler for her piece “The Clothes We Hide In” – a dress made of various fashion oriented paper products. Alexander Bergman won “Art in Function” for his piece “Stickbag” – a pouch made entirely of recycled denim pants parts.

The Art Show’s overall first place award was given to Janice Smith for her piece “Toy Monster,” a tall art structure made up of various stuffed play toys. A panel of judges issued the awards. The exhibit also includes a voting box for “people’s choice award.”

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