GLEAN Portland

5 artists.

5 months. 

Tyler Corbett | 2017



The GLEAN Program invites artists to push the boundaries of material exploration. With a stipend to support their practice and seemingly endless materials to work with, artists are encouraged to translate their existing studio practice with the challenge of making work with discovered discarded materials from the Metro Central Transfer Station. One of the goals of this program is to introduce established and emerging artists to the wealth of materials available to them through the GLEAN. With the ultimate goal to reduce waste and raise awareness with this program, no prior experience with discarded materials is required. All artists in the Portland area are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility & Selection

A board of arts and environmental professionals will review applications and choose artists from the Portland area to participate in the five-month art program. Upon acceptance to the GLEAN Program, artists are required to enter into a signed program agreement and attend a safety training. Safety first!

The artists will have access to the Metro Central transfer station (aka, “the dump”) to gather materials to transform into a minimum of eight pieces of art. The work will be exhibited and for sale during a month-long show in the summer. Recology and Metro may each select one piece of art from each artist. Recology will retain permanent ownership of the pieces selected; the pieces selected by Metro will be exhibited for two years and then returned to the artists.


Ninety-five percent of each piece must be created from materials gleaned from the transfer station.


Each artist is paid a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.


Each artist receives 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.


Applicants must be a resident of Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties. (i.e., residency of artists): “county.”


Brenda Mallory | 2015