Recycled Artist in Residency Program Creating Awareness About Sustainability Through Art & Design


You may know of RAIR as the hangout of PAFA artstars like Lucia Thome, Billy Dufala and Sarah Thompson Moore; however, it may also be the perfect place for an art star like you  to do an internship.  Follow the link above to their website and apply now!

RAIR’s (Recycled Artist in Residency) mission is to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. We are located in Northeast Philadelphia within Revolution Recovery, a 3.5 acres construction, demolition and manufacturing waste recycling facility in Philadelphia that processes over 250 tons of materials per day. Our unique position as a bridge between art, sustainability and industry allows the reach and potential impact of RAIR to be great. As such, we have strategically chosen to focus our efforts on four program areas: residency program, education and awareness, material sourcing, and exhibitions.
PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture Series: Simon Kim and The Dufala Brothers

APRIL 26, 2012, 6:30PM @ ICA

Imagine an alternative use for vacant lots and scrap yards. ICA Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon moderates a conversation between Simon Kim,PennDesign Assistant Professor of Architecture, and artists Billy and Steven Dufala about their respective reclamation projects, Philadelphia Masque and RAIR (Recycled Artist-in-Residency).

Kim’s studio, Ibañez Kim Studio, which he runs with his partner Mariana Ibañez, was recently named one of the four runners-up for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP). The Dufala brothers were also part of the team that proposed a Mechanical Garden in partnership with engineers in Philadelphia.

It is finally time!

Do you know someone who would like to play in 300 tons of construction and demolition waste? Or maybe someone who likes to wear hard hats and dig around in piles of rigid plastics? Maybe you have a friend who is really into building sculptures out of old table legs? Or do you just want to hang out with Billy Dufala for a month or two?

Make sure they know about RAIR! Applications are open!

The upcoming deadline for submissions is November 30th, 2013.

Billy Dufala’s work is included in “Traction Company” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. During a 2007 residency at the John Michael Kohler Art Center (Wisconsin), Dufala re-engineered G.I. Joe as a boy soldier and cast it in various metals including iron and brass, wearing common apparel and sneakers, with explosives strapped to its chest. For “Traction Company,” Dufala presents the series as a pile of body parts, which has taken on the patina of its years inside the former trolley warehouse the Traction Co. artists call their studio.

Traction Company
July 2–October 11
Public opening, July 1, 6:30–9pm
Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts