Artist in Residence Program
Sherri Lynn Wood
About the Recology Artist in Residence Program
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 San Francisco Transfer Station 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.
Learn more about the program and its history:
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.
For additional information:
- Deborah Munk: (415) 330-1415
- Micah Gibson: (415) 330-1414
- Sharon Spain: (415) 330-0747
- Felisia Castaneda: (415) 330-9943
- Tour Information
- To encourage the reuse of materials
- To support Bay Area artists by providing access to the wealth of materials available at the public dump
- To prompt children and adults to think about their own consumption practices
- To teach the public how to recycle and compost in San Francisco through classroom lessons that explain the city's three-bin (recycling, composting, trash) system
- 24-hour access to the facility
- A large, well-equipped art studio
- 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
- Work in the studio either 40 hours per week for a full-time residency or 20 hours per week for a half-time residency
- Greet and speak to tour groups during weekdays and on the third Saturday of the month
- Make three pieces of art for the company's permanent art collection
- Use materials recovered from San Francisco's waste stream
- Be available to talk with the media
- Leave all art created during the residency with the company for the next twelve months for exhibitions at off-site venues