Reclaimed Waste = Artful Invention
The Coastal Oregon Artist Residency
Call for Artists!
Summer 2017 Coastal Oregon Artist Residency
Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 4, 2017
The Prospectus, with eligibility and application details, is at this link.
Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) and Recology Western Oregon (RWO) recently announced the continuation of the Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR), their successful partnership in support of the creation of art from recycled, repurposed and discarded materials recovered from Recology’s Astoria Recycling Depot and Transfer Station.
“RWO and AVA teamed up last year to create the residency with the goal of promoting new ways for people to think about art, the environment and reclamation,” said Fred Stemmler, General Manager of RWO. “The first two COAR artists were amazing – the work they created blew us and everyone else away. It was a great experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming two new artists this year.”
Each three-month Coastal Oregon Artist Residency provides selected artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend of $400 per month, and a large studio space at the Recycling Center. During their residencies, artists have weekday “scavenging privileges” and access to the onsite studio. At the conclusion of the residencies, AVA and RWO host a reception and public exhibition for the artists featuring artwork made during their residencies. When the residencies end, each artist will be asked to contribute one piece of artwork to the program’s permanent collection.
The Coastal Oregon Artists Residency, created in 2016, is open to local, career-level artists living in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties in Oregon and Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington who are working in any style or medium. Applications are currently being accepted for two Summer 2017 residencies, which will commence on Monday, July 17, 2017.
The Prospectus, with Eligibility and Application details, is at this link.
Regional artists Sean Barrow and Dawn Stetzel were selected to participate in the inaugural Coastal Oregon Artist Residency, which resulted in a well-received exhibition, “From the Pile,” in October 2016 at the pop-up Gallery Underground. The exhibition was the culmination of three months of work by Barrow and Stetzel, who scavenged materials from the RWO transfer station to make art and promote recycling and reuse.
Employee-owned Recology Western Oregon manages municipal disposal processes and services that span the needs of urban, suburban and rural communities. Recology companies operate in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington coordinating dozens of recycling programs to recover a variety of materials.
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