GLEAN - Make Art, Not Landfill

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GLEAN is a collaboration between Recology, an employee-owned company that owns and operates resource recovery facilities, crackedpots, an environmental arts organization, and Metro, the regional governmental agency that guides the region's garbage and recycling systems.

Taking its inspiration from the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco, GLEAN's mission is to prompt people to think about their consumption habits, inspire creative reuse and initiate larger conversations about the waste we generate.

How to Participate

In February of 2016, a jury of arts and environmental professionals will choose new artists from the Portland area to participate in the program. The artists will have access to the Metro Central transfer station (aka, the “dump”) to glean materials to use to create art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall.

Program Elements
  • Artists will have the opportunity to glean materials from Metro Central transfer station for six months.
  • Each artist will be required to create a minimum of eight pieces available for sale at the exhibition.
  • Ninety-five percent of each piece must be created from materials gleaned from the transfer station.
  • Each artist will be paid a $2,000 stipend upon the successful completion of the program.
  • Each artist will receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the 2016 exhibition.
  • Recology and Metro will each retain one piece from each artist for public exhibition.
Application Requirements

The 2016 Call for Artists will be posted in December. Applications will be accepted January 1-31, 2016

To apply you must be a resident of Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas County.


Contact Amy Wilson if you would like to be added to the list for future Call for Artists and/or exhibition notices at or (503) 278-0725.