2019 Artist in Residence Program

Recology King County Artist in Residence Program Celebrates Five Years

There is a saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  In the case of two King County artists this is literally true. Thanks to a unique program offered by solid waste and recycling hauler, Recology King County, these artists will access the materials at the company’s south Seattle recycling facility during a five-month residency.

This innovative outlet for artists is an extension of the award-winning Artist in Residence Program developed by Recology in San Francisco nearly 30 years ago.  After a successful inaugural program in 2015, Recology King County continues to support artists and engage communities using artistic expression as a vehicle for education.

During their residency, artists work in a studio on site at the Recology recycling facility and scavenge for discarded materials they can use to make art.  Artists engage tour groups at the facility, speaking to the public about the experience working with recycled materials

Two artists, Susan Robb and Hernan Paganini, were awarded the 2019 residency after an application process that determined their work could showcase the value of discarded materials and provide insight into the larger conversation on consumption and waste reduction.

By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology hopes to encourage the public to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.  At the conclusion of the residency, Recology will host a public exhibition and reception for the artists to feature their work, scheduled for September 2019.

More information on the Recology AIR program can be found at recology.com/artist-in-residence.


Maria Phillips
Artist in Residence Program Manager
(206) 251-1320 Cell
E-mail: mgirrrrl@yahoo.com