The Bad News

Portland area residents send over a million tons of waste to landfills every year.

The Good News

Unofficial and highly biased sources rate Portland as one of the most creative and diverse artist communities in the country.

What if we were to harness our region’s artistic energy to help address the problem of excessive waste generation?


In the fall of 2010, Recology, an employee-owned company that manages a variety of resource recovery facilities, Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland metropolitan area’s garbage and recycling system, and crackdpots, an environmental arts organization, got together to create GLEAN.

Taking its inspiration from Recology San Franciso’s renowned 25+ year Artist In Residence program, the GLEAN program’s goals are to prompt people to think about their consumption habits, inspire creative reuse and initiate larger conversations about the waste we generate.

Now in its fifth year, five new artists were selected in February by a jury of arts and environmental professionals to be our ambassadors:  Schel Harris, Brian “Huts” Hutsebout, Beckey Kaye, Brenda Mallory, and Rio Wrenn.

These artists will spend the next five months gleaning materials discarded at the Metro Central Transfer Station to make art for an Exhibition in the fall.  Each is paid a stipend of $2,000 and will create at least ten pieces of art from the treasure they find.

Visit our Flickr page to see images of GLEAN programs past and present at

Meet the GLEANers

The results of their creative efforts will be on exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in the fall.

Exhibition Dates: Aug 14 – Sept 6, 2015

Reception date: Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Disjecta, 8371 N. Interstate Ave, Portland                                                            Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm                                                  Phone: (503) 286-9449

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