Recology Artist in Residence Program Newsletter


Current Resident Artists

The studio’s welding gear has been fired up for our current two artists-in-residence, Benjamin Cowden and Ian Treasure. Both artists make mechanical sculptures, though they vary in their use of materials–Benjamin leans toward metalwork and Ian brings everyday objects such as phones and umbrellas to life. Currently, Benjamin is working on a wing-like piece that utilizes a windshield wiper motor, and Ian has pulled out a group of old wooden school desks–with chewing gum and graffiti intact. Student artist Hannah Quinn is using the shipping container behind the Environmental Learning Center as her studio and is working on a series of stools and benches, as well as re-imagined tools. The exhibition for Benjamin, Ian, and Hannah will take place May 17, 18, and 21.

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The Art of Recology to open at the
San Francisco International Airport Museum

We are pleased to announce that The Art of Recology will open March 16 in the United Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition presents over one-hundred pieces made by forty-five artists during their residencies at Recology. Artwork was selected by airport curators and will be on exhibition through October 27. The Art of Recology is located past security so can only be viewed by those traveling, but if you find yourself flying United soon, allow some extra time to view the exhibition.

Artists selected for third year of GLEAN

In February, five artists were selected to receive 2013 GLEAN residencies. This is the third year of the Portland, Oregon-based program which has been developed collaboratively by Recology; Cracked Pots, Inc., an environmental arts organization; and Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area. Residency recipients are Kim Lakin, Owen Premore, Eric Rosewall, Christopher Wagner, and Vicki Wilson. The artists will scavenge for materials at the Portland Transfer Station to make artwork for an exhibition to take place August 16 at Disjecta. To follow the artists’ progress, visit their blog:


Chinese New Year Parade

This is the eighth year that Daisy, the Recology dragon, has wowed crowds for the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade. Designed and constructed by former artist-in-residence Dana Albany along with Flash Hopkins, Haideen Anderson and Tom Kennedy, the twenty-foot-long dragon is made with an eclectic mix of recycled materials and illuminated with LEDs. The sight of Daisy prompted watchers of the February 23rd parade to spontaneously break out in chants of “recycle! recycle! recycle!”


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Earth Day Exhibition at the San Francisco Federal Building

Art from Recology’s artists-in-residence will be on exhibition from April 20 to June 20 at the San Francisco Federal Building at Mission and 7th streets. This is the third year that artwork from the program has been featured in conjunction with the building’s Earth Day celebrations.

Alumni News

In February, Nathaniel Stookey’s String Quartet No. 3, The Mezzanine, performed by the Kronos Quartet, had its world premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Christine Lee serves as lead artist for the exhibition By-product Becomes Product at Intersection for the Arts. Open through March 30, the exhibition presents work by artists who were provided excess wood waste to explore safer alternatives to working with toxic materials. Artworks by Julia Goodman, Barbara Holmes, and Scott Oliver–all former Recology artists-in-residence–are included in the exhibition ( Abel Rodriguez is presenting work in a group exhibition open through March 24 at the Fort Worth Drawing Center in Fort Worth, Texas ( He will also be exhibiting in San Antonio, Texas during the Contemporary Arts Month (CAM2013) ( Suzanne Husky is currently at a residency at La Cuisine in Negrepelisse, France. Barbara Holmes will be an artist-in-residence at the Capital City Arts Initiative in Carson City, Nevada in May. She will have an exhibition of her work at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City in June, with an opening reception June 1st. Niki Ulehla’s solo exhibition at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica is up through March 30. The exhibition continues the work she did while an artist-in-residence at Recology and presents puppets for the second half of Dante’s Inferno. A live performance was part of the opening reception ( Val Britton’s solo exhibition Intimate Immensity will be on view through May 18 at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art ( Paula Pereira has been collaborating with Swedish artist Pernilla Andersson for the past three years, creating handcut vinyl on wood, floors, and ceilings ( They will be artists-in-residence in Trondheim, Norway for the months of June/July with an exhibition at Babel Gallery in Trondheim in June. Julia Goodman will be participating in Southern Exposure’s fundraiser art auction Parade on March 23 ( She is also in Space Time!an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, open through March 31 ( James Sansing’s film Verses will be in the San Francisco International Film Festival. Viviana Paredes is the first artist to be featured in the Galería de la Raza’s “Studio 24 Presents,” a series of window installations and displays by local artists. Parades work will be on view through May 31 (ç=view&id=4018). Lori Kay’s REcycle, REuse, cREate, is one of three inaugural exhibitions taking place at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame. The museum celebrates its grand opening Saturday March 16, and Lori’s exhibition will run from March 16 to July 14 ( Not quite yet an alumni (her residency does not begin until October), Kristin Cammermeyer, will participate in the Kinkead Pop-Up Residency in Los Angeles, March 23-May 5. Says Kristin, “It is particularly interesting to me because the intention of the stay (besides making my work) is to have 1-2 events per week with the public invited to participate in any range of events that I have programmed. They will range from informal salons to reading groups to walking tours of construction sites to film screenings.” For more information: (


One Response to “Recology Artist in Residence Program Newsletter

  • Kristin Cammermeyer is ROCKING the Kinkead Residency! She is nothing short of awe inspiring. Art at the Dump, be ready. And be excited. Kristin is someone to watch – even better, she’s someone to connect with. If I wasn’t running the Kinkead Residency, I’d follow her up there if only to be there when she rocks you too. Cheers! – John Kinkead

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