Trash turned into art in Second Time Around

John E. Conner Museum - 03/29/16 - 05/25/16

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Millions of pounds of trash are discarded around the world daily. Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art takes a small part of that trash and turns it into something special. Second Time Around is a traveling exhibit that will be on display at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville beginning Wednesday, April 6, and continuing through Wednesday, May 25. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the museum.

Second Time Around features 35 unique selections from Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that solicited artists from around the world to transform discarded hubcaps into fine art. Artists answered the call and the metal canvases serve to empower artists with a message to incite creative thinking and problem-solving for environmental issues. 

The artists reclaimed rusted hubcaps and transformed them into their own statements. Not only are these metal scraps saved from the landfill, but they are repurposed to convey creative and political messages about consumption in American culture. In turn, visitors are confronted with new perspectives of the material culture we live in.

With a powerful message of environmental awareness, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, is an exhibition that highlights a creative, thought-provoking alternative to mindless consumption.

The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday and university holidays. The museum closes to the public at 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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