GLEAN - Make Art, Not Landfill

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GLEAN is a partnership between Recology, crackedpots, an environmental arts organization, and Metro, the regional government agency that guides the region's garbage and recycling systems.

GLEAN is modeled after the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco. Since its founding 25 years ago, the San Francisco program has supported more than 150 professional and student artists in the Bay Area, and has been the subject of national and international acclaim. Similarly, 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.

Every year, five artists are chosen by a jury of local arts and environmental professionals to help promote new ways of thinking about conserving resources, art and the environment. Each artist receives a stipend and privileges for six months to scavenge discarded materials at Metro Central transfer station in Northwest Portland. The program culminates with a formal exhibition in the fall at Disjecta Gallery.

How to Participate

This juried program gives five artists from the Portland area (Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas County residents) access to the Metro Central transfer station (the dump) to glean materials to use to create art. In 2015, GLEAN is placing special attention on plastics and the impact they have on the environment.

Program Elements
  • Artists will have the opportunity to glean materials from Metro Central transfer station for five months.
  • Each artist will be required to create a minimum of ten pieces available for sale at the exhibition.
  • Each artist will be required to incorporate plastics into at least one piece.
  • 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 2015 exhibition at Disjecta Gallery.
Application Requirements

The application cycle for 2015 is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for next year in January 2016.

Applicants must be a resident of Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas County.


Contact Amy Wilson at or (503) 278-0725.

2015 GLEANers

These local artists will glean materials from the Metro Central transfer station to create a body of work that will be shown in a public exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in August 2015.

August 14 - Sept 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 14, 2015, 6 - 9 pm
Location: Disjecta - 8371 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR
(503) 286.9449
Gallery Hours: 12 - 6 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Schel HarrisSchel Harris

Schel Harris works in both two-dimensional painting and graphics as well as three-dimensional, mixed-media sculpture. Largely self-taught, Harris uses his creative skills in many different areas, including film and stage production, signage and display, photography, painting, illustration, book design and robotic sculpture.

Since moving to Portland in 2007, he has participated in several group and solo shows, including an exhibition at Disjecta. He proposes to create small and large automatons (robotic animal sculptures) and shadowbox pieces. He is committed to using art to bring attention to issues of waste and excessive consumption.
Brian HutseboutBrian Hutsebout

Multi-disciplinary artist Brian Hutsebout has a foundation in traditional craft processes and graphic design, both of which influence the aesthetic and functional decisions revealed in his sculptural and socially-engaged work. He is interested in giving value to the discarded object while emphasizing the extent to which objects are simply thrown away instead of being reused or repaired. He hopes to emphasize the importance of maintaining skill-based trades that are being lost to mass production.

Hutsebout received a BFA in Graphic Design from Southern Georgia University and an MFA in Applied Craft & Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts.
Beckey KayeBeckey Kaye

Multi-media artist Beckey Kaye studied mask carving in Indonesia and performed as a fire dancer and puppeteer with Circus Discordia. She is interested in the concept of shelter and what makes a Home as it relates to notions of identity, property and safety, as well as its imbued emotional factors of comfort and peace. Her work dissects the notion of Home and unravels its polarities and contradictions.

Chapman received a BA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and an MFA from San Francisco State University. She has participated in over a dozen group exhibitions and three solo exhibitions, including an ongoing permanent exhibition of Hive in Oakland. Continuing with her exploration of animal architecture, she will create cocoon-like structures of various shapes and sizes. Each chrysalis will be unique in texture, palette and tone and will play with the notion of inner and outer worlds.
Brenda MalloryBrenda Mallory

Artist Brenda Mallory is an eco-conscious recycler and composter, who often works with found materials. Using cloth scraps from commercially sewn products, she creates mixed-media pieces that frequently involve duplicating forms and repetitive processes, transforming materials that have been deemed worthless into thought-provoking and beautiful works of art.

Mallory has had solo shows at fine arts venues including Butters Gallery and the Portland International Airport and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. She is a 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow, and in 2013 was a resident in Sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She holds a BA in Linguistics from UCLA and received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Rio WrennRio Wrenn

Sculptor Rio Wrenn has devoted the last 14 years of her art practice to rust printing and using natural dyes in her work. She combines her own processes with traditional practices from Japanese, Indian and Native American cultures, and grows and harvests many of the materials she uses—plants, insects, rust, trees and berries—to dye her textiles. Her rusting process is an expression of the ephemeral and natural aging and decay in life.

Wrenn received her BA in Interdisciplinary Art and BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. She proposes to create a collection of wearable garments combining couture with traditional sacred garments from other cultures.