Recology Artist in Residency Program

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The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.

Since 1990, over 100 professional artists and twenty student artists have completed residencies at this one-of-a-kind program and have made art from discarded materials. The studio is located at the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center (Recology San Francisco), a 47-acre facility that includes the trash transfer station (where trash goes before being sent to landfill), the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, the Organics Annex, the Public Disposal and Recycling Area ("The Dump"), and other recycling areas. The facility, which is located west of Highway 101 near Candlestick Park, also is home to a three-acre sculpture garden containing work by former artists-in-residence.

During their residencies, artists have scavenging privileges and 24-hour access to the company's well-equipped art studio. Artists speak to elementary school classes and adult tour groups about the experience of working with recycled materials. At the conclusion of their residency, Recology hosts a two-day 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.[1]

Location

503 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco

Contact Information

http://recologysf.com/index.php/next-art-exhibition
(415) 330-1415

Founders

Dates of Operation

1990-present

Type of Space

Artist residency

Community Served

Bay Area Artists

Additional Information and Resources


Art at the Dump: The Artist in Residence Program and Environmental Learning Center at Recology is a 122-page book published in 2015 in honor of the twentieth-fifth anniversary of the program. It features the work of the 106 artists who participated from 1990 to 2015. This is the second edition of the book, which was originally published in 2010.[2]

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.

Sources

  1. http://recologysf.com/index.php/about-air, 6-25-15
  2. http://recologysf.com/index.php/about-air, 6-25-15