Creative Upcycling Contest

The Jerry Falwell Library invites you to enter the 2nd 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. Liberty University faculty and staff are invited to submit works for display; however, only students are eligible to win.

Categories & Prizes*

  • Best in Show
    Judging criteria: Creative Idea; Mastery of Media; Application of Formal Design Properties; Attention to Detail
    Prize: iPad Mini 4, Wi-Fi, 16 GB
  • Most Original
    Judging criteria: Creative Use of Media; Application of Formal Design Properties; Unique Design Solutions
    Prize: $100 Visa Gift Card
  • Most Functional
    Judging criteria: Creative Functional Design; Use of Media
    Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Most Intricate
    Judging criteria: Creative Design; Focus on Intricate Detail; Creative Use of Media
    Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Most LU School Spirit
    Judging criteria: Creative Design; Highlights LU; Creative Use of Media
    Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card
  • People’s Choice Award
    Judging criteria: Popular vote by public
    Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card

*Entries can only win in one category.


  1. Only 1 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
    • 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 October 19. 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 Monday, November 2, and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. After this time, library staff reserve the right to dispose of or retain any unclaimed submission at their discretion.


Monday, October 19, 2015, at 9 p.m.


Judging will take place on October 22, and winners will be announced on October 23. Winners will be contacted via email and will be announced on the library’s webpage and social media. Top entries will be on display in the library from Oct. 22-November 1. 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 Friday, October 23-Sunday, November 1 at midnight. The winner in the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Monday, November 2. Votes may be cast in the library or online via the library’s social media.


Library staff and judges are not responsible for theft of or damage to entries.

Please contact or Cindy Schmidt at 434-592-4012 with any questions.