Recology King County Artist in Residence Program - Recology King County
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Recology King County Artist in Residence Program


The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program at Recology is a unique art and education program that provides King County artists with access to discarded materials at the Recology recycling facility and Seattle Transfer Stations, a Stipend, and a gallery show. Modeled after the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment, by supporting artists who work with recycled materials.

During their residency, which runs from May through September, artists have scavenging privileges at the Recology MRF. Artists may speak to school classes and adult tour groups about the experience of working with recycled materials. At the conclusion of their residency, Recology hosts a public exhibition and reception for the artists featuring the artwork made during their residency. When the residency ends, artists contribute artwork to the program’s permanent collection.

Program Mission:

  • To encourage the reuse of materials
  • To support King County artists by providing access to materials available at the recycling facility
  • To prompt children and adults to think about their own consumption practices
  • To encourage the public to consider the connection between art and the environment

We Provide Artists with:

  • Access to the materials at the Recology Material Recovery Facility
  • An exhibition and reception at the end of the residency (including printed invitations, refreshments, installation assistance, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous supplies and equipment
  • A monthly stipend

Expectations of the Artist:

  • Greet and speak to tour groups
  • Make several pieces of art for the company’s permanent art collection
  • Use materials recovered from King County’s waste stream
  • Be available to talk with the media

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