2018 Call For Artists is open!

GLEAN is accepting applications for 2018 from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Applications will be accepted via CallForEntry beginning January 1, 2018 with a deadline of January 31, 2018.

We are again dedicating one residency position for a student currently enrolled in an art program at a local college or university. Student applications will be considered separately from other artist applications.

GLEAN seeks to hear from artists with a broad range of experiences and cultural perspectives from the diverse communities in the Portland area.

GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.

Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.

GLEAN is a partnership between Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery and recycling company; Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; and crackedpots, an environmental arts non-profit.

For more information, contact Amy Wilson at nowaste@comcast.net.

Missed the opening? There’s still time to see the great art.

Thanks to everyone who attended the GLEAN 2017 opening reception on the 4th!  It was a hot one for sure, but a fun time for those who braved the barometric intensity.

There’s still time to come see the incredible art.  Gallery hours are noon to 5:00 pm, Friday – Sunday through the 26th.

Christian Barrios entertaining everyone with his art stories.

Caroline Borucki inspires with her mycology-themed work.

Closer inspection of Latifa Medjdoub’s thoughtful work.

The human trunk to Tyler Corbett’s Natural Splendor.

“Fearless girl”?

5 Reasons You Should Attend the GLEAN Opening Reception Aug 4th

ONE – Christian Barrios is applying “lightning” to add literal visual energy to his woodwork – something you’ll have to see to believe.

TWO – Caroline Borucki is channeling the mysterious world of mycology through textiles.

THREE – Tyler Corbett is reinterpreting the entire European Renaissance painting canon, among other things…

FOUR – Latifa Medjdoub is going to make you seriously consider how fiber can be used to translate nature’s energy and rhythmical order.

FIVE – Danielle Schlunegger is using an archaeological lens to allow us to contemplate our mercurial relationship to “artifacts”.

So get it on your calendar!

Opening Reception

August 4th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Bison building

421 NE 10th Ave., Portland

Show run

August 4th – 26th

Fri-Sun, noon – 5:00 pm



Eurythmy #2 The Walk Through

Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship between society and environment, formation and transformation, while celebrating diversity.
The Walk Through opens the social performance-concert and invite a public to navigate individually around an installation of handcrafted strings made from recycled materials during a series of workshops with communities from both Portland and San Francisco as part of the Glean 2017 residency program (http://www.gleanpdx.org).

Eurythmy#2 is a collaboration with the public and electroacoustic quartet: Haco (http://www.hacohaco.net), Tania Chen (http://taniachen.com/), Wobbly (http://www.detritus.net/wobbly/), Dereck Philips and visual artist Latifa Medjdoub (http://latifamedjdoub.com) at the Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, May 25th, 201.


Fantastic moment together with a group of engaging students and teachers yesterday at the Centennial Park School in Portland for the Strings Workshops. Our exploration together using recycled items from the Glean project was largely playful and meditative and allowed a set of sculptural strings to be conceived as a core structure from which we will build upon during the upcoming workshops.

Lines and convergences #terrestrial #celestial

#Teamwork #creativity


#relationship #connection #time #space


+ Surface Stories

Hello again,
Here are some material sensitivities I’ve forced into narratives. Enjoy, friends.


+++ A painting consisting of layered, cracked and aged paint. Fragility from moisture causing torn segments in the entirety of this canvas structure. A signature on the back, a once treasured piece of artwork beginning its descent into a less recognizable form.


+++  Blade from a broken overhead fan. Assumably ripped from a fragile connection, to the mechanism it revolves around. Once in a room, providing circulation, now is forced into stagnation. But who knew between the layers of faux wood panelling there would be a fluffy sorbet hue that wanted to break free.


+++ Sofa cushions. Fabric so worn that it has segmented into threads. Each fiber once consoling the foam base. So many years the foam was clothed with a woven exterior– yet over time white strings have independently unravelled, breaking away from their interconnected role as protective coverings.


Happy imagining– good bye for now,
caroline borucki

Archaeology in Waste

Glean Artist Danielle here!

In starting my residency with the Glean program I wanted to imagine myself as an archaeologist trying to piece together the history of some the objects that find their way to the Metro Transfer Station. From investigating these objects I hope to learn more about Portland’s community and it’s history of making waste. Just think how excited a modern day archaeologist would be to come across an ancient greek landfill- Imagine the things they would learn about that ancient society! I’m hoping to use similar techniques and research styles to learn about contemporary waste culture.

So far the underlying thing that has intrigued me the most is the human element in the objects I’ve found. I continue to be drawn towards very personal or mysterious things that someone has thrown away. Here is some of what I’ve collected and researched thus far:

Hidden Brick Company Bricks

Date Found:
Location: Rubble Pile
Item#: 1
History: The Hidden Brick Company was founded by Lowell Mason Hidden in Vancouver Wa in the 1870’s. The company ran until 1990 making bricks by hand. The company is well know for the St. James Cathedral and Providence Academy buildings.

Parlez Vous Greeting Card & Envelope

Date Found: 3/7/17
Location: Public Dumping Area
History: Parlez Vous Greeting Cards was founded in 2001 by Oregon Artist Juliana Smith. This card was printed c.2001 and while originally intended to congratulate on a new baby, was used by the card’s writer to say goodbye to someone about to take a trip. (Note: “I was shitty last night, I’m sorry!”)

You can follow more of my finds on Instagram @archaeosphere.projects

Thanks for reading! More artifacts soon to come.

-Danielle Schlunegger-Warner