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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives will present the “Trashformations” 10th annual judging and awards ceremony 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 as part of the “Museum Nights” program, featuring trash recycled into art by local high school and college students. The Florida Museum will display the winning entries through Nov. 26.

“This event provides students a wonderful opportunity to display their work in the museum galleries and gain public recognition of their skills,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, museum public programs coordinator. “Each year the students get more creative with their use of recycled items, so we are all excited to see what they will come up with this year.”

“Trashformations” is the Florida Museum’s second-longest running public program in collaboration with Museum Nights. Awards will be presented in two divisions: middle and high school, and college. The cash prizes are $400 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Two additional awards also are presented. The Waste Watchers award, sponsored by Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives, is given to the piece that exhibits the best use of recycled materials. The Director’s Natural History Award for Excellence in Recycling, sponsored by the Florida Museum, is given to the entry that shows closest resemblance to museum exhibits. Both awards offer a cash prize of $75 and will be judged by sponsor representatives.

Applicants must deliver entries between noon and 5 p.m. on Nov. 13. There is no admission charge for this event. For more information, contact Lanza-Kaduce, (352) 273-2064.

“Museum Nights” are held on select Thursday evenings while the University of Florida is in session at the Florida Museum and Harn Museum of Art, and are sponsored by UF Student Government. Enjoy unique entertainment, food and fun during extended museum hours, 5 – 9 p.m. These events are co-sponsored by UF Student Government. For more information visit or call (352) 273-2063.

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Writer: Marcel Raphael
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,