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Application Process

Artists must first attend a tour of our facility, then complete and submit an application by the listed deadline in order to be eligible for a residency. Public tours, which include visits to the recycling facilities, art studio, and sculpture garden, take place on the third Saturday of each month. To reserve a spot on a tour, call (415) 330-1414. Please do not show up without a reservation! We need to give you directions and other important information, including proper attire for the tour. The tour will be cancelled if it is raining. Children under nine years old are prohibited from attending tours as a safety precaution.

We will be using Slideroom for 2017 applications. Please follow this link after June 1, 2016 to sign up and complete your application.

The application deadline for residencies that start in 2017 will be September 2, 2016. Applications are accepted June 1 - September 2.

Selection of Artists

Our advisory board, which is composed of former artists-in-residence, arts professionals, environmentalists, and educators, reviews applications in October and selects eight to ten candidates to interview in November. Interviews are scheduled between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. At that time, finalists must make a short presentation about their work. The board awards six residencies per year.

The board evaluates applications based on the artist's demonstrated commitment to resource conservation and recycling through art, their experience in art education and/or environmental education, how the residency can provide the artist with professional growth, the quality of previous work, and the artist's reputation and references. The board also considers the artist's use of materials and the types of tools available in the studio.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

At this time, we only accept applications from local, career-level, professional artists. Students currently enrolled at any university, college, or other educational institution will not be considered. We do not accept applications from artists who reside a driving distance of more than one hour from San Francisco.

Student Programs

Students studying art at local colleges and universities may contact the program at any time by calling (415) 330-1415 to determine the availability of non-paid student residencies. Go to the Student Artist in Residence Program page for more information.


2015 Advisory Board Members 

JD Beltran
President, San Francisco Arts Commission
Artist and Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute
JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, designer, filmmaker, writer, curator, and educator. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Institute, The Kitchen in New York, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. Also an expert in public art, she has been commissioned for public art projects worldwide, and her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, and Art Papers. She has written columns on art and culture for both and the Huffington Post. A native San Franciscan, Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is the author and curator for the downtown Yerba Buena District Art Master Plan.  She also is faculty in the Film, New Genres, Design & Technology, Printmaking, and Urban Studies Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth. In addition, she is faculty in Design at the California College of the Arts.  
Terry Berlier
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)

Terry Berlier is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2012). She is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive, and/or sound based and focuses on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of non-place/place, and queer practice. She has exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, Babel Gallery in Norway, Kala Art Institute Gallery in Berkeley, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Her work has been included the book Seeing Gertrude Stein published by the University of California Press. She has received many residencies and grants including from the Zellerbach Foundation Berkeley, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, the California Council for the Humanities California Stories Fund, and the Millay Colony for Artists. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.
Kevin B. Chen
Curator, Artist
Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, and currently runs the Artist Studio Residency program at the de Young Museum. He has served on selection panels for Creative Capital Foundation, Alliance of Artists Communities, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San Jose Cultural Affairs Office, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and Headlands Center for the Arts. His writing has been published by Paper Museum Press, Light Work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chinese Culture Center of SF, The Third Line - Art Gallery in Dubai, and Kearny Street Workshop, and he has exhibited his own work at venues including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, and The Kitchen.
Josephina (Josie) Dominguez-Chand
Environmental Education Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment
Josie Dominguez-Chand is the Environmental Education Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees outreach to K-12 public and private schools that reaches more than 15,000 students annually. She also runs the Food to Flowers! school composting program, lauded as a national model. Before joining SF Environment in 2010, she was a volunteer English Teacher in China with WorldTeach.  She received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Earth Resource Management. When she isn’t inspiring and motivating students to protect nature, she enjoys backpacking around the world.
Jamil Hellu
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Jamil Hellu is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2014). Originally from Brazil, he earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Hellu has received the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010-2011. He held a six-month residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008 and was also granted the Markowski-Leach Scholarship for 2008-2009. He teaches photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and is an adjunct faculty member at Diablo Valley College.
Hector Dio Mendoza
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Hector Dio Mendoza was an artist-in-residence at Recology in 2005. He has exhibited widely including at the Berkeley Art Museum, the 2010 ZERO 1 Biennial in San Jose, California, and the El Paso Museum of Art, as well as internationally in Spain, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland. He is a recipient of a Eureka Fellowship Award and his work is included in the di Rosa Collection in Napa, California. He holds an MFA from Yale University School of Art, and a BFA, Summa Cum Laude, from the California College of the Arts. He is currently a lecturer in the Visual and Public Art Department of the California State University, Monterey Bay.
Deborah Munk
Manager, Recology Artist in Residence Program
Deborah Munk has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours to over 4,000 children and adults annually. Before joining Recology in 2000 as AIR Program Coordinator, she worked at Creative Arts Enterprises where she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press, in 2002. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media.
Rachel Pomerantz
Environmental Education Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment
Rachel Pomerantz is the Environmental Education Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees outreach to K-12 public and private schools that reaches more than 15,000 students annually. She also runs the Food to Flowers! school composting program, lauded as a national model. Before joining SF Environment in 2007, Pomerantz co-founded and ran Nomad Backcountry Adventures, a wilderness adventure program for teens.  She received her Master’s Degree in Postcolonial Anthropology with an emphasis on education and environmental justice and has worked in the education field for nearly two decades—from within gardens to Superfund sites and classrooms.  Her highest ongoing achievement is parenting two children who love nature and inquire about the world around them.
Steven Wolf
Gallery Owner

Steven Wolf is a writer and an art dealer based in San Francisco. His gallery, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, specializes in art that questions its own right to exist; his blog,, covers the world of discarded objects that are resurrected at the flea market and elsewhere.

 Advisory Board Members Emeritus

Catharine Clark
Gallery Owner
Catharine Clark is owner and director of the Catharine Clark Gallery established in San Francisco in 1991. The gallery represents contemporary artists working across media, and hosts changing exhibitions of both static and time-based media. In addition to presenting regular exhibits in San Francisco, Clark began quarterly programming of a pop-up exhibition space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood in March of 2009. Clark is a San Francisco native, but ventured to Philadelphia in 1985 to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Art, returning to San Francisco in 1989. Since then she has guest lectured and taught at art schools, universities, museums and other institutions. In 2006 Clark authored an essay for and edited the monograph, Ascending Chaos: The Art of Masami Teraoka 1966-2006, published by Chronicle Books. She is a member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, and a trustee of ZER01, the art and technology network.
Paul Fresina
Former Director, Recology Artist in Residence Program

Paul Fresina served as Director of the Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program from 2000 to 2007, and was Director of the company’s Hazardous Waste Programs from 2004 to 2007. Before coming to Recology, Fresina was the Business Program Manager at the San Francisco Hazardous Waste Management Program at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. He was an instructor of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University from 1991 to 2006. He currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at SCRAP (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts) and is a self-employed handyman.
Diana Fuller

Diana Fuller is a free-lance curator, producer, editor, and arts administrator. Currently she serves as a consultant to artists and filmmakers and is researching a documentary film on the subject of garbage, recycling and landfill, RACING TO ZERO. She is the on-going, program director for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Screenwriting Program. In 2003, Fuller produced Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, which involved a book, published by University of California Press, and a traveling exhibition originating at the San Jose Museum of Art. She has served as the President of the Film Arts Foundation board, was a founding board member of the Headland Center for the Arts, and is currently on the executive board of the Roxie Theater. From 1960 to 1990, she owned and directed one of the foremost galleries in the West, in tandem with several partners: Hansen Fuller, Hansen Fuller Goldeen, Fuller Goldeen, Fuller Goldeen Gross and finally Fuller Gross.
Dee Hibbert-Jones
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Dee Hibbert-Jones is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2002). Her cross-disciplinary art projects range from participatory practice, installations, video and most recently an animated film project. Her work explores political feelings, social connectedness, and emotional affect. Hibbert-Jones is an Associate Professor of Art and Digital Art New Media at UC Santa Cruz and founder/co-chair of the Hub Social Practice Research Institute at UCSC.
Tamar Hurwitz
Environmental Education Manager, SF Department of the Environment 
Tamar Hurwitz is the Environmental Education Manager at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees outreach to K-12 public and private schools that annually reaches more than 15,000 students. Before joining SF Environment in 2003, Hurwitz was the Education Outreach Director at Rainforest Action Network for eight years, where she developed programs and curriculum, and produced an award-winning children's video. Hurwitz has worked internationally in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, and is an active Committee Member on the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Committee and San Francisco-Barcelona Sister City Committee.
Andrew Junge
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)

Andrew Junge is a former Recology artist-in-residence (2005). Junge grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the son of a historian and a teacher. He earned his BFA in painting from Boston University in 1990 and twelve years later received an MFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts. He and his wife Ashley, a photographer, live in San Francisco with their son Walker, born in 2007. Junge enjoys a variety of artistic pursuits including, printmaking, sculpture, illustration, design, and murals. In the last few years however, the work that has occupied most of his attention is his current job as Chair of the Visual Art Department at Oakland School for the Arts.
Bette McKenzie
Co-chair, St. Vincent de Paul's Discarded to Divine
Bette McKenzie is currently the co-chair of St Vincent de Paul's Discarded to Divine and is an active volunteer at the Fund Development Office for Oakland School for the Arts. She served as VP of Special Events and Public Relations for Macy's from 1978 to 2009 and was the creator of Passport, which brings together corporate sponsors, foundations, and major donors to benefit nonprofits and medical research. Passport has raised close to $30 million for HIV/AIDS organizations and has educated thousands of teenagers on HIV/AIDs awareness. McKenzie lives her life with the desire to reuse, recycle and repurpose and has helped contribute to a more sustainable community through art, fashion and education.
Shawn Rosenmoss
Fundraising/Grants Manager, SF Department of the Environment
Shawn Rosenmoss is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees Development and Community Partnerships. In addition to raising funds for specific environmental initiatives, she is responsible for developing environmental partnerships with myriad entities not driven by an environmental mission, such as Greenstacks, an award-winning collaboration with the City's Public Library system. Rosenmoss also oversees programming and exhibits for the Department's EcoCenter and supports its annual grant-making process. Prior to joining SF Environment, Rosenmoss ran a Bay Area circus whose mission was to provide equitable access to the performing arts and use the arts as an avenue for social change.