Coastal Oregon Artist Residency

We are excited to announce our Artist in Residence Program, Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR) based in Astoria, Oregon. COAR is a partnership between Recology Western Oregon and Astoria Visual Arts (AVA), which aims to support the creation of art from recycled, repurposed, and discarded materials recovered from Recology’s Astoria Recycling Depot and Transfer Station.

AVA was formed in 1989 as a non-profit membership organization to enhance, strengthen, and promote the arts in Greater Astoria.

COAR provides selected artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend of $1000 per month, and a large studio space at the Recycling Center. By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, AVA and RWO hope to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.

Two 4-month residencies begin in July each year. During residencies, artists have weekday scavenging privileges and access to the onsite studio.  At the conclusion of their residencies, Recology Western Oregon and AVA will host a reception and public exhibition for the artists, featuring artwork made during their residencies.