WNYC Listeners Transformed 1040 Tax Forms Into Original Works of Art

Kirstin Fawcett
Erin Farley, courtesy of WNYC
Erin Farley, courtesy of WNYC / Erin Farley, courtesy of WNYC

Nobody likes doing taxes—which is why Studio 360, WNYC’s weekly public radio show about art and pop culture, wanted listeners to have a little fun with them. They asked people to transform 1040 tax forms into original works of art, and invited them to submit their creations to a contest called "De-File Your Taxes," judged by Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. Entries flooded in, and Studio 360 named the winners on April 14.  

A listener named Erin Farley won first place with her paper dress, which was inspired by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. "'I like my money right where I can see it ... hanging in my closet,” she wrote. First runner-up was Ruth Monnig Steele, who crafted an elaborate woven bowl from 1040 tax forms.

Check out Farley and Steele’s prize-winning works below, along with a sampling of other finalists’ submissions. To see all of the contest entries, visit WNYC’s website.

Winner: Erin Farley

Runner Up: Ruth Monnig Steele

Finalist: Ann Martin

Finalist: Isabella Hander

Finalist: Charlotte Jones

Finalist: Robin McClintock

All photos courtesy of WNYC.