Creative Upcycling Contest

The Jerry Falwell Library invites you to enter the 3rd Annual Creative Upcycling Contest: Art Made from Books. Showcase your talent and creativity by creating a unique piece of art made (almost) completely from old books. A panel of highly qualified judges from the fields of art, architecture, and/or design will select winners in several categories. All currently enrolled Liberty University students are invited to enter the contest. Submit your artwork, the entry form, and your document binder to the Jerry Falwell Library Customer Service Center before Monday, March 20, at 9 p.m.

Judges’ Awards*

  • Best in Show
    Judging criteria: Creative Idea, Mastery of Media, Application of Formal Design Properties, and Attention to Detail
    Prize: $300 Visa Gift Card
  • Most Original
    Judging criteria: Creative Use of Media, Application of Formal Design Properties, and Unique Design Solutions
    Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card
  • Most Intricate
    Judging criteria: Creative Design, Focus on Intricate Detail, and Creative Use of Media
    Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card
  • Most LU School Spirit
    Judging criteria: Creative Design, Highlights Liberty University, and Creative Use of Media
    Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card

*Entries can only win in one category.

People’s Choice Award

Popular Vote
Most combined votes for an individual work from those cast on-site at the Jerry Falwell Library and those cast via the Jerry Falwell Library Facebook page
Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card


  1. One entry per person (no team entries)
  2. At least 75% of the finished product must be composed of book(s)/book pages (at discretion of judges)
  3. All entries must be in compliance with the Liberty Way.
  4. All entries must be accompanied by a binder that includes:
    • Entry form
    • Documentation of progress to include design concept, process, and finished products via photographs and/or drawings o Detailed materials list
  5. Failure to comply with all rules and submit all required documentation will render the entry ineligible for awards.

Additional Information

  • Students may acquire designated books from the library Customer Service Center (while supplies last) to be used in their projects. Students may also provide their own books.
  • Online students may mail their entries to Jerry Falwell Library, 1971 University Blvd., MSC Box 710170, Lynchburg, VA 24515. All mailed submissions must be received by March 20. Online students wishing to have their work returned will need to pay return postage and must indicate on the entry form their desire to have it returned.
  • Entries must be picked up between 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, and 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The Library reserves the right to dispose of or retain any unclaimed submissions at their discretion.


Winners will be announced on March 29, 2017. The decision of the judges is final.

The People’s Choice Award will be determined by popular vote. The voting period for this award is Thursday, March 23-Monday, March 27, 2017. Votes may be cast in the Library or online via the Library’s social media.

Entries will be on display in the Library from March 22-April 5. The display of entries is at the discretion of the Library staff.

Contact Information and Disclaimers

Please contact with any questions.
Library staff and judges are not responsible for theft or damage to entries.

Copyright © 2017 Rachel Falwell, The Hobbit. All rights reserved. Book art reproduced with permission.