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.

2016 GLEANers

Exhibition Dates: August 11 - 27, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 11, 2016, 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: PNCA Bison building 421 NE 10th Ave., Portland, OR
Gallery Hours: 12 - 5 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In February of 2016, a jury of arts and environmental professionals chose five artists from the Portland area to participate in the program. Erinn Kathryn, Hilary Pfeifer, Dan Pillers, Amanda Triplett and Austin Turley will have access to the Metro Central transfer station (aka, the dump) for six months 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.
  • Ninety-five percent of each piece must be created from materials gleaned from the transfer station.
  • Each artist will be required to create a minimum of eight pieces available for sale at the exhibition.
  • 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 application cycle is closed. The GLEAN program will begin accepting applications from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in January 2017.


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.