Art in the space where artistic discovery and conservation meet.

MECCA’s 8th Annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge Exhibit Opening

Event Info:
Date: September 2, 2016 opening and reception. Exhibit runs through October 9
Time: 6:00-8:00. Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony at 7:00.
Location: MECCA, 449 Willamette St
Images: Artemis, Maiya Becker, mystery material: wooden sun

With a mission to connect scrap and fine art, MECCA challenged artists to make inspiring, thought-provoking, and creative works of art out of a mystery box of materials. Over 100 artists participated in the Object Afterlife Art Challenge, MECCA’s signature annual event. Now in it’s 8th year, Object Afterlife challenges artists to re-imagine unwanted materials and turn scrap into art. Participants are given a mystery box of materials, a MECCA gift certificate, and two months to create. The resulting artworks exist in the space where artistic discovery and conservation meet, inspiring us all to think differently about the materials we may consider waste.


This year’s special guest judges include: Carolyn Stein, Executive Director BRING Recycling, Debbie Williamson-Smith, Marketing Manager, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, SLUG Queen Eugenia Slimesworth, Camilla Mortensen, Editor Eugene Weekly and Sarah Grimm from Lane County Waste Management. The results and prizes will be awarded at 7:00 p.m.


The Object Afterlife Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the work of these inspiring artists. Join us on Friday, September 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for this free community reception.


Additionally, public voting will open on Thursday, September 1, and run through the month of September. Results of the public vote will be announced at the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 7.

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The 8th Annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge is supported by Mountain Rose Herbs, The Green Store, Hummingbird Wholesale, and Lagunitas Brewing Co.