Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco
Deadline: 31 Aug, 2017
Disciplines: Art Education, Collaboration, Community, Crafts & Trades, Digital, Experimental, Film & Video, Fine art, Installation, Land Art, Other, Sculpture, Visual Arts.
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Deadline: 31 Aug, 2017
Duration: Awards six residencies per year.
Eligibility: Local, career-level, professional SF Bay Area artists. Artists must first attend a tour of our facility,
Support: 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.
ABOUT THE 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. 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 120 professional artists and 30 student artists have completed residencies with us, making 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.
- 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
APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM
Artists must first attend a tour of our facility, then complete and submit an online 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.
The application deadline for residencies starting in 2018 will be September 1, 2017. Applications are accepted June 1 – August 31.
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. At that time, finalists must make a short presentation about their work.
The board then awards six residencies per year.
The board evaluates applications based on the how the residency can provide the artist with professional growth, the quality of the artist’s previous work, the ability of the artist to respond to the challenges that come with scavenging for materials, 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.
At this time, we accept applications from local, career-level, professional artists. Students currently enrolled at any university, college, or other educational institution will not be considered. We also do not accept applications from artists who reside a driving distance of more than one hour from San Francisco.
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