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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program


Recology is now accepting applications for the 2019 Recology Artist in Residence 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 2019 will be September 1, 2018. Applications are accepted June 1 – September 1, 2018.


The Artist in Residence (AIR) 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 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 Reuse 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.