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.

Valdosta Hosts 2nd Annual Dumpster Art

Call to Artists

The City of Valdosta, Valdosta Main Street, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, and the Public Art Advisory Committee invited artists and artist teams to submit their conceptual designs to be considered for the 2nd Annual Dumpster Art event in Valdosta. On Sept. 23, the selectied artists will have the opportunity to creatively paint and transform the dumpsters into beautiful pieces of public art for the downtown Valdosta area.

View the 2017 Dumpster Art Project

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

Project Overview

The project involves finding skilled and spirited artists who are interested in creating public art that celebrates life in the city. The artists submit their artistic conceptual designs in August 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 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 supplies provided by Whitehead Industrial Company. Dumpsters will be steam cleaned and will receive a coat of primer base paint prior to the start of artists' work.

View Lowndes Middle School Project

Project Selection Team

The project selection team works 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 Public Arts Advisory Committee. The final conceptual designs are approved by the project selection team.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline for the 2017 event has passed.

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; AND the selected artists for the 2017 event: Karen Lewis & Barnes Healthcare Services, Logan Lott, Katherine Melcher and Lowndes Middle School Art Department.

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