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Dumpster Art Project

September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dumpster Art Project
September 23, 2017
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Dumpster Art

Painting the Town on Sept. 23, 2017

In 2016, Artist Lanelle Shen painted the dumpster that is located in the City Hall Annex parking lot.

Download 2017 Dumpster Art Application

Call to Artists

The City of Valdosta, Valdosta Main Street, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, and the Public Art Advisory Committee invite artists and artist teams to submit their conceptual designs to be considered for the 2nd Annual Dumpster Art event in Valdosta. On Sept. 23, selected artists will have the opportunity to creatively paint one of three unsightly, but necessary, garbage dumpsters located in the downtown Valdosta area.

View the 2016 Dumpster Art Project

Artist Taylor Brooks wowed spectators with his original spray-paint art on the McKey Street dumpster.

Project Overview

The project selection team seeks skilled and spirited artists who are interested in creating public art that celebrates life in the city.  The artists will submit their artistic conceptual designs by Aug. 31 for one of three downtown dumpsters (Dimensions: long sides=71”L x 56”H; short sides=56”H x 54”W). Dumpster Art will provide beautiful visuals for downtown visitors and significant exposure for the artists. The artists will oversee the fabrication of the public art. Completion of the project is expected by Sept. 23, at 5 p.m.

The VSU Artist Guild participated in Dumpster Art 2016.


Community artists and teams located throughout South Georgia and North Florida are invited to submit their conceptual designs.


No artist fee. Paints and some supplies provided. Dumpsters will be steam cleaned and will receive a coat of primer base paint prior to the start of artists’ work.

View Dewar Elementary School Project

Project Selection Team

The project selection team will work closely together to select creative, beautiful artwork that reflects the community spirit of downtown based on the artist’s application, description, and design. This team includes at least one member from each of the following: the City of Valdosta, Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta Main Street, Public Art Advisory Committee and the Central Valdosta Development Authority. The final conceptual designs will be approved by the project selection team on Sept. 8, and the selected artists may pick up a preparation packet Sept. 11-15.

Deadline to Apply

Aug. 31, 2017, by 5 p.m.

Valdosta’s Vision for Public Art

Public art in Valdosta enriches our community in a number of ways by:

  • Engaging citizens in Valdosta’s history in contemporary ways
  • Connecting people to art that enriches their lives
  • Providing opportunities for people to have hands-on encounters with art
  • Fostering communication among people throughout the city
  • Creating whimsy and delight in everyday places
  • Establishing a distinctive identity for Valdosta’s evolving downtown community
  • Enhancing downtown Valdosta as a gathering place
Artist Sarah Lowe painted the dumpster that sit in back of Valdosta City Hall on Valley Street.

Special Thanks!

Paints and supplies have been generously provided by Whitehead Industrial Company, also located in downtown Valdosta. Dumpsters are steam cleaned by the Valdosta Public Works Department and receive the first coat of primer base paint by the Valdosta Youth Council members prior to the start of artists’ work on event day.

Most importantly, “thank you!” to our 2016 artists who participated in the inaugural event: Lanelle Shen, Taylor Brooks, the VSU Artist Guild, Sarah Lowe, and Dewar Elementary School.


September 23, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Turner Center for the Arts
527 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601 United States
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