Artist in Residence - Recology King County: Issaquah
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Artist in Residence
Recology King County Artists 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, a stipend, and a exhibition and reception at the end of the residency. 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 residencies, artists have scavenging privileges at the Recology MRF.  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 and these pieces continue to be shown in off-site exhibitions that promote recycling and reuse.


2023 Recology King County’s Artist In Residence Show

Recology King County’s 2023 Artist in Residence exhibition, featuring Alchemy by Haein Kang and Semiotics of a Box by Amanda Manitach.

Recology’s 2023 Artists – 

Amanda Manitach: A self-taught multidisciplinary artist with a background in literature and writing, Amanda Manitach merges an affinity for drawing and language in large-scale works on paper. Drawings are laboriously built from fine marks made with a mechanical pencil, and austere block statements emerge from a froth of decadent pattern, interweaving aspects of the visceral, dirty, and hysterical with the delicate and sublime. Texts vary from screamingly profane to defiant, at one turn brimming with ache, the next bubbling with crude humor or dreaminess.





Haein Kang: Through the lens of art, Haein Kang scrutinizes contemporary technologies closely intertwined with politics, the economy, and culture. Human aspirations for a better future often drive technological progress to deliver bigger and faster outcomes. However, this increase in economic efficiency provides only momentary gratification, not ultimate fulfillment. Kang’s art practice challenges that niche, by creating machines that engage in poetic beauty. Digital technology, the driving force of a data-driven society, is the subject and means of her art practice. Kang devises algorithms and electronics that make the invisible visible and the intangible tangible.





During the four-month residency, artists scavenge at the Recology Material Recovery Facility, the North Seattle Transfer Station, and the Recology Stores for materials to make their art. The exhibition of completed work was held at Mutuus Studio in Georgetown, which opened on September 8th – 16th, 2023. To see more of the artist’s artwork, visit and follow and @amandamanitach

For more information about the program contact Maria Phillips at


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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 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
  • The presentation of artists’ work in off-site exhibitions

Expectations of the Artist:

  • Be available to 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