Applications being accepted for 2016

Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2016 for the 2016 GLEAN program.  We’ve gone electronic (finally!).  To apply, go to and enter “glean” into the search field under the View All Calls tab.

GLEAN is a juried program that gives selected artists from the Portland area (Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas county residents) access to the Metro Central transfer station (the “dump”) to glean materials to create art.

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

We encourage artists working in a variety of media to apply.  At this time, we are not seeking photography or AV projects.

Program Elements

  • Artists will have the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration.
  • Each artist will be required to create a minimum of 8 pieces available for sale at the exhibition in the fall at Mark Woolley gallery.
  • Ninety-five percent of each piece must be created from materials gleaned from the transfer station.
  • Each artist will be paid a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.
  • Each artist will receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the 2016 exhibition.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.
  • Recology and Metro will each retain one piece from each artist for public exhibition.
  • Artists are required to sign an Artist Agreement and attend a Safety Training before gleaning.
  • Artists must be available for monthly weekday meetings.

It’s going to be another very exciting year of inspiring the worship of art lovers!

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