Reclaimed Waste = Artful Invention
The Coastal Oregon Artist Residency
The Coastal Oregon Artists Residency (COAR) was established in 2016 as a joint project of AVA and Recology Western Oregon (RWO) to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater public appreciation for the environment and art. The chosen artists work for three months in studio space at the RWO office in Warrenton, using materials recovered from the Astoria Transfer Station and Recycling Area. COAR 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. By teaming up to assist artists who work with recycled materials, AVA and RWO aim to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.
Artists are selected by a jury of arts and environmental professionals and are provided with a monthly stipend, materials, and dedicated studio space at RWO’s Astoria Recycling Depot and Transfer Station over a three-month period each summer. A prospectus and call-for-artists will be posted here and also circulated via local and social media during the first quarter of 2017 for the summer 2017 residency.
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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