In its third year, the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest is hosted by Michelin North America in conjunction with Upstate International. This year, Michelin challenged participants to create a piece of art that answers the question of how the Upstate – you, me, our community – celebrates international inclusion. Using up to four scrap tires donated by Michelin, participants were asked to convert ordinary tires into extraordinary works of art. Two winning works of art will be selected. One winner, the People’s Choice, will be awarded to the entry that receives the most votes online at between March 1 – 31, 2016. The second winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Each winning entry will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity, school, or non-profit of its choice. Entries will be on display at the Hughes Main Library, Heritage Green, Downtown Greenville during Upstate International Month in March 2016 and photos of each entry are posted on The public will have a chance to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award through the website. The InTIREnational Art Contest is part of Upstate International 2016 (, a month-long series of community events and activities that celebrate the cultural diversity of South Carolina’s Upstate.


  • Overall design and execution How creative is the overall design? How well did the participant(s) execute the concept?
  • Tire usage How well did the participant(s) use and incorporate scrap tires into the overall design?
  • International theme How well did the participant(s) communicate an international theme through the artwork?
  • Inclusion How well did the participant answer the question: How does the Upstate celebrate International Inclusion?