Art at Recology


Artist in Residence Program (AIR)

Since its founding 20 years ago, the Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program has supported more than one hundred professional and student artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been the subject of national and international press. Each year more than 5,000 children and adults visit art exhibitions and attend educational tours that allow artists to interact with the public while teaching important lessons about recycling and reuse. AIR is an award-winning program that was established in 1990. The program hosts professional, full-time artists for four months and provides six artists per year with a stipend, exhibition space, and access to materials that would have otherwise gone to a landfill or recycling facility.  AIR was honored with the Acterra 2009 Business Environmental Award for its leadership in Environmental & Sustainability Education.



Recology, Metro and crackedpots collaborated to launch GLEAN: "make art, not landfill" for residents and businesses in the Portland area. The goal of the program is to educate the public about recycling, reuse and resource conservation while supporting the local art community and diverting materials from landfills. GLEAN, formerly known as the Pacific Northwest Art Program, is an endeavor that helps promote new ways of thinking about conserving resources, art and the environment.  The juried program features five artists from the tri-county region, each of whom receive a stipend and scavenging privileges for six months to discarded materials dropped off at Metro Central Station in Northwest Portland.

GLEAN is modeled after the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco.

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