Willie Little is one of five artists selected to participate in the 2021 GLEAN residency program in Portland, OR. His task: create new works using recycled materials recovered from Metro Central Transfer Station (aka "the dump") in Portland, OR. At the close of the residency, the artists’ work will be exhibited to the public in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for the exhibition announcement and opening dates.
GLEAN is a juried art program that taps into the creativity of artists to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate and the resources they throw away. Every year, five local artists chosen by a jury of arts and environmental professionals are given access to the Metro Central transfer station for five months to glean discarded materials to make art. The program culminates with an exhibition of their works in the summer at a local gallery. Launched in 2010, GLEAN is a partnership between Recology Oregon Recovery Inc., 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 crackedpots, a nonprofit environmental arts organization.
About the residency program:
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 challenged to expand their existing studio practice by making work from the materials gleaned from the Metro Central Transfer Station (aka, "the dump"). 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.
For more information about the program and the 2021 residents, visit GLEAN'S website.