Artist in Residence - Recology King County: Bothell
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Artist in Residence
Recology King County Artists in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program at Recology is a unique art and education program that provides King County artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a exhibition and reception at the end of the residency. Modeled after the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment, by supporting artists who work with recycled materials.

During their residencies, artists have scavenging privileges at the Recology MRF.  At the conclusion of their residency, Recology hosts a public exhibition and reception for the artists featuring the artwork made during their residency.  When the residency ends, artists contribute artwork to the program’s permanent collection and these pieces continue to be shown in off-site exhibitions that promote recycling and reuse.


2024 Recology King County’s Artist In Residence Program Participants


Kalina Winska is a Seattle-based artist whose paintings, created on canvas, wood panels, and paper, present speculative landscapes in which the artist blurs reality and representation, the environment and its technological translations, with imagery taken from weather patterns, climate models, and futuristic landscapes. Winska grew up in Poland and has actively exhibited her works in the US, Poland, Germany, Canada, and Japan. She has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center (VT), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), T.A.K.T Kunstprojektum (Berlin), Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (Canada), and Studio Kura (Japan). Her recent commissions include a three-dimensional installation for San Juan Island Museum Atrium and large murals for Meta Open Arts and Google’s Artist in Residence Programs. She has exhibited work with SAM Gallery at the Seattle Art Museum and is represented by AMcE Creative Arts Gallery in Seattle, WA. To see more of Kalina’s artwork, visit and follow @kalinawinska



Margie Livingston is a visual artist who calls herself a “painting nerd.” Based in Seattle, she earned her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in 1999. The reinvention of her artistic practice and experimentation with materials are integral to her work. Her awards include: Fulbright Scholarship in Berlin; Artist in Residence at MONA FOMA in Tasmania; Vermont Studio Center Fellowship; Artist in residence at in Bern; the Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award; the Neddy Fellowship; Artist in Residence at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute in China; and the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Annual Memorial Award. Livingston’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Frye Art Museum, King County, and the City of Seattle. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. To see more of Margie’s artwork, visit and follow and @margie.livingston


During the four-month residency, artists scavenge at the Recology Material Recovery Facility, the North Seattle Transfer Station, and the Recology Stores for materials to make their art. The exhibition of completed work will be held at Mutuus Studio in Georgetown, opening on September 6th – 15th.

For more information about the program: contact Recology King County AIR program managers Maria Phillips at or Amanda Manitach at


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Program Mission:

  • To encourage the reuse of materials
  • To support King County artists by providing access to materials available at the recycling facility
  • To prompt children and adults to think about their own consumption practices
  • To encourage the public to consider the connection between art and the environment

We Provide Artists with:

  • Access to the materials at the Material Recovery Facility
  • An exhibition and reception at the end of the residency (including printed invitations, refreshments, installation assistance, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous supplies and equipment
  • A monthly stipend
  • The presentation of artists’ work in off-site exhibitions

Expectations of the Artist:

  • Be available to greet and speak to tour groups
  • Make several pieces of art for the company’s permanent art collection
  • Use materials recovered from King County’s waste stream
  • Be available to talk with the media