BOLD DOORS is all about artistic expression using reclaimed materials – in this case a rescued (previously used) door.  Doors can be a canvas for visual art or be creatively reinvented.  Use of additional reclaimed materials and green techniques are encouraged!

Artists, inventors, designers, do-it-yourselfers and everyone else are invited to enter this competition and juried exhibition.  Entries can be submitted as a:

  • Professional  (added promotional benefits and higher value awards)
  • Open Division (great awards still!)
  • Student Team Division (closed – many thanks and congratulations to the 60+ teams who entered and were amazing!)

Professional and Open entries will be exhibited in multiple locations around Boulder in the summer of 2012. A “Door Ways” guide map available online and in kiosks and businesses will lead locals and visitors to the display locations, easily accessed via walking, bicycling or public transportation.  Works will be auctioned to benefit artists and the Center for Resource Conservation.

Awards in the Professional division:

  • $1,000 for First Place
  • $750 for Second Place
  • $500 for Third Place

Awards in the Open Division:

  • $500 for First Place
  • $300 for Second Place
  • $200 for Third Place

Additional special prize categories may be added – watch this space or our Facebook page for announcements.

For all entries, awards and selection for exhibition will be based on visual appeal, creative use of materials, craftsmanship and suitability for public display.

The only requirement is that the work incorporates a reclaimed door, which can be purchased at the ReSource Yard (application fee includes a $20 gift certificate); other used building material outlet or rescued from any other source where it is no longer wanted.

Important Dates

For Professional and Open Division application submission deadline is Sunday, May 27th, 2012 and all entries must be delivered by Saturday, June 9th, 2012.


This competition has been organized by SMART (Sustainable Material + Art).  SMART is a community-based, volunteer initiative working with the Center for Resource Conservation.

About the Center for Resource Conservation (CRC)

Boulder-based CRC has a mission to empower our community to conserve natural resources by implementing community programs in Energy, Water and Waste. Through our Waste division’s ReSource Yards in Boulder and Fort Collins, the CRC promotes waste reduction through innovative landfill diversion programs.  Nearly 2 million pounds of used building materials annually are resold to the public for use in construction, remodeling and other projects (but much more is available…).

SMART and the CRC hope to increase re-use of hard-to-recycle objects, expand market opportunities for artists working with reclaimed materials, and reflect the value that Boulder places on sustainability in public and private works of art spaces.

If you’d like more information, please contact us at smart@conservationcenter.org