GLEAN - Recology Portland
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GLEAN is a juried art program that taps into the creativity of artists to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away.

The GLEAN Program invites artists to push the boundaries of material exploration. With a stipend to support their practice and seemingly endless materials to work with, artists are challenged to expand their existing studio practice by making work from the materials gleaned from the Metro Central Transfer Station (aka, “the dump”). One of the goals of this program is to introduce established and emerging artists to the wealth of materials available to them through the GLEAN. With the ultimate goal to reduce waste and raise awareness with this program, no prior experience with discarded materials is required. All artists in the Portland area are encouraged to apply.

Launched in 2010, GLEAN is a partnership between Recology Portland, Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area’s garbage and recycling system and crackedpots, a nonprofit environmental arts organization.


Featuring works by 2021 Artists:
Caryn Aasness | Colin Kippen | Jessica (Tyner) Mehta | Malia Jensen | Willie Little

Exhibition Dates

January 21—February 25, 2022

Opening Reception
January 21, 2022 | 6-9 PM
VIP Reception 5-6 PM

Gallery Hours

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
12-5 PM


Maddox Building
1231 NW Hoyt St.
Suite 102, Portland, OR
(Enter on NW 13th)

Masks and proof of vaccinations will be required to attend. We will also be practicing social distancing and limiting the number of visitors in the spaces at a time.


Exhibition Dates

January 28—February 13, 2022

Opening Reception
February 5, 2022 | 5-8 PM
VIP Reception 5-6 PM

Gallery Hours

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
12-5 PM


Oregon Contemporary
8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR

2021 Artists

Past Artists


GLEAN accepts applications from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. We will begin accepting applications for next year on January 1, 2022.

Eligibility & Selection

A board of arts and environmental professionals will choose new artists from the Portland area to participate in the program. The artists will have access to the Metro Central transfer station (aka, the “dump”) to glean materials to use to create art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall.

      • Artists will have the opportunity to glean materials from the Metro Central transfer station for six months.
      • Each artist will be required to create a minimum of eight pieces available for sale at the exhibition.
      • Ninety-five percent of each piece must be created from materials gleaned from the transfer station.
      • Each artist will be paid a $2,000 stipend upon the successful completion of the program.
      • Each artist will receive an 80% commission from the sale of their art at the 2016 exhibition.
      • Recology and Metro will each retain one piece from each artist for public exhibition.
  • Questions

Contact Deborah Munk if you would like to be added to the list for future Call for Artists and/or exhibition notices at or 415.330.1415.