Recology’s 2018 Artists in Residence


March 7, 2018

Seattle, WA – 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 CleanScapes, 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 28 years ago.  After a successful inaugural program in 2015, Recology CleanScapes 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 Recology’s 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, Philippe Hyojung Kim and Maria Phillips, were awarded the 2018 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 2018.

More information on Recology CleanScapes’ AIR program can be found at


Danielle Gambogi
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