What is objet trouvé?

objet trouvé is the idea of using everyday objects and “found” materials to create stimulating works of art. objet trouvé in the Coachella Valley is the first ever Found Art Festival. 



29, 30 & 31, 2016

At the Southwest Arts Festival Empire Polo Grounds in Indio

Deadline January 16, 2016
Notification January 23, 2016

objet trouvé will join with award-winning found artists from all over the country. objet trouvé is a Found Art Festival within The Southwest Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in beautiful Indio, CA. 


In the tradition of Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Juan Gris and Georges Braque, 50 artists will exhibit  and create one-of-a-kind artworks for sale. Featured objet trouvé categories will include assemblage, collage, sculpture, jewelry, painting and ceramics. In addition, hands-on, found art demonstrations will take place during the three day festival.

As part of this French-inspired fest, once again there will be the 20-foot high replica of the Eiffel Tower, created by artist Mary Foote. We want you to join in the artistic joie de vivre!


Students are invited to transform an old shoe or design your own using found objects. It will be your shoe-la-la mo- ment! 


Need old shoes or materials?

The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery has all kinds of materials for you to use. Your shoes are due to the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery by January 10, 2016!

Give us a call at 760-861-6479 or email at karen@scrapgallery.org for more information and materials! 



Need an idea? Why not "THINK INSIDE THE BOX" 

Submit an entry into our "Think Inside The Box" or Réfléchissez a l interior de la boite! exhibit. This exhibit is open to anyone who follows the project guidelines your work will be exhibited as part of  the Réfléchissez a l interior de la boite! exhibit at the Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival held January 29, 30 & 31, 2016 in conjunction with the Southwest Arts Festival in Indio.

Click here for project details.

Artist Entry



Artists, to have your artwork considered for 2016 objet trouvé Found Art Festival please fill out the application here.