We are excited to announce our newest Artist in Residence Program, Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR) based in Astoria, Oregon. COAR is a newly formed 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.
Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) was formed in 1989 as a non-profit membership organization to enhance, strengthen, and promote the arts in Greater Astoria. Memberships provide the core support for AVA.
The Residency will provide selected artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend of $400 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 3-month residencies will commence on Monday, July 11, 2016 and end on Friday, October 7, 2016. During the artists’ residencies, they will 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. When the residencies end, each artist will be asked to contribute one piece of artwork to the program’s permanent collection.