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.
We will be using Slideroom for 2017 applications. Please follow this link after June 1, 2016 to sign up and complete your application.
The application deadline for residencies that start in 2017 will be September 1, 2016. Applications are accepted June 1 - August 31.
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 six residencies per year.
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.
2015 Advisory Board Members
|Kevin B. Chen
Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, and currently runs the Artist Studio Residency program at the de Young Museum. 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 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 Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment
Rachel Pomerantz is the Environmental Education Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she oversees outreach to K-12 public and private schools that reaches more than 15,000 students annually. She also runs the Food to Flowers! school composting program, lauded as a national model. Before joining SF Environment in 2007, Pomerantz co-founded and ran Nomad Backcountry Adventures, a wilderness adventure program for teens. She received her Master’s Degree in Postcolonial Anthropology with an emphasis on education and environmental justice and has worked in the education field for nearly two decades—from within gardens to Superfund sites and classrooms. Her highest ongoing achievement is parenting two children who love nature and inquire about the world around them.
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)
Artist (AIR Program Alumnus)
Co-chair, St. Vincent de Paul's Discarded to Divine
Bette McKenzie is currently the co-chair of St Vincent de Paul's Discarded to Divine and is an active volunteer at the Fund Development Office for Oakland School for the Arts. She served as VP of Special Events and Public Relations for Macy's from 1978 to 2009 and was the creator of Passport, which brings together corporate sponsors, foundations, and major donors to benefit nonprofits and medical research. Passport has raised close to $30 million for HIV/AIDS organizations and has educated thousands of teenagers on HIV/AIDs awareness. McKenzie lives her life with the desire to reuse, recycle and repurpose and has helped contribute to a more sustainable community through art, fashion and education.
Fundraising/Grants Manager, SF Department of the Environment