Artists must first attend a tour of our facility, then complete and submit an 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. Please do not show up without a reservation! We need to give you directions and other important information, including proper attire for the tour. The tour will be cancelled if it is raining. Children under nine years old are prohibited from attending tours as a safety precaution.
2014 Artist in Residence Application
The application deadline for residencies that start in 2014 is August 30, 2013. Applications are accepted June 1 - August 30.
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Selection of Artists
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. Interviews are scheduled between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. At that time, finalists must make a short presentation about their work. The board awards between four and eight residencies per year, depending on the number of part-time and full-time residencies allotted.
The board evaluates applications based on the artist's demonstrated commitment to resource conservation and recycling through art, their experience in art education and/or environmental education, how the residency can provide the artist with professional growth, the quality of previous work, 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.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
At this time, we only accept applications from local, career-level, professional artists. Students currently enrolled at any university, college, or other educational institution will not be considered. We do not accept applications from artists who reside a driving distance of more than one hour from San Francisco.
Students studying art at local colleges and universities may contact the program at any time by calling (415) 330-1415 to determine the availability of non-paid student residencies. Go to the Student Artist in Residence Program page for more information.
2014 Advisory Board Members
|Kevin B. Chen
Program Director, Intersection for the Arts
Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for close to 20 years as a curator, arts administrator, writer, and visual artist. Since 1998, he has been a Program Director at Intersection for the Arts, one of the country's oldest alternative art spaces. He has served on selection panels for Creative Capital Foundation, Alliance of Artists Communities, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San Jose Cultural Affairs Office, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. His writing has been published by Paper Museum Press, Light Work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chinese Culture Center of SF, The Third Line - Art Gallery in Dubai, and Kearny Street Workshop, and he has exhibited his own work at venues including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, and The Kitchen.
Former Director, Recology Artist in Residence Program
Paul Fresina served as Director of the Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program from 2000 to 2007, and was Director of the company's Hazardous Waste Programs from 2004 to 2007. Before coming to Recology, Fresina was the Business Program Manager at the San Francisco Hazardous Waste Management Program at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. He was an instructor of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University from 1991 to 2006. He currently is Director of Communications at PaintCare Inc.
Environmental Education Manager, SF Department of the Environment
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Co-chair, St. Vincent de Paul's Discarded to Divine
Manager, Recology Artist in Residence Program
Deborah Munk has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours to over 4,000 children and adults annually. Before joining Recology in 2000 as AIR Program Coordinator, she worked at Creative Arts Enterprises where she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press, in 2002. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media.
Steven Wolf is a writer and an art dealer based in San Francisco. His gallery, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, specializes in art that questions its own right to exist; his blog, theoffbrand.com, covers the world of discarded objects that are resurrected at the flea market and elsewhere.
Advisory Board Members Emeritus
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Fundraising/Grants Manager, SF Department of the Environment