Art at Recology
Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program
Since its founding in 1990, the Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program has supported more than one hundred professional and student artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been the subject of national and international press. Each year more than 5,000 children and adults visit exhibitions and attend educational tours that allow the public to interact with artists, while also learning important lessons about recycling and reuse.
The program hosts artists for four-month residencies and provides six professional artists per year with a stipend, exhibition space, and access to materials that would have otherwise gone to a landfill or recycling facility. Those enrolled in art programs at local colleges and universities are also eligible for student residencies. The program was honored with the Acterra 2009 Business Environmental Award for its leadership in Environmental & Sustainability Education. In 2013, a major exhibition of artwork from the program was held at the SFO Museum, featuring over one-hundred works by forty-five artists.
GLEAN - Portland, Oregon
Modeled after the Recology Artist in Residence Program in San Francisco, GLEAN is a partnership between Recology Portland; Metro, the regional government that guides the region's garbage and recycling systems; and, crackedpots, an environmental arts organization. Launched in 2011, GLEAN's mission is to prompt people to think about their consumption habits, inspire creative reuse, and initiate larger conversations about the waste we generate.
In February of every year, five artists from Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties are chosen by a jury of local arts and environmental professionals to help promote new ways of thinking about conserving resources, art and the environment. Each artist receives a stipend and privileges to scavenge discarded materials at Metro Central transfer station in Northwest Portland. The program culminates with a formal exhibition in the fall at
For more information, go to http://recologyportland.com/shared_oregon/oregon_art.php