Residency Program


The museum's residency program provides an opportunity for creative people to work on projects inspired by the museum, including access to the its carefully curated archive of gnarled sticks, fungus, bones, rusty remains, and other delightful detritus. The program encourages artists working in other media besides found object assemblage, including animation, photography, and writing.

The program is itself a work in progress. For updates, contact the museum ( to be put on the mailing list.

Summer 2021

The residency's pilot program brought together five artists, some already known to the museum, some simply entranced from having visited at some point. The results were showcased in September at the 1122 Gallery on the east slope of Mt. Tabor. All artists are based in Portland or vicinity.

Erinn Kathryn - Healers

Erinn is a multi-media artist whose many accomplishments in painting, sculpture, and installation art are too numerous to list here and should be seen at her website. During her June residency at the museum, she rummaged through the archive with no plan and ultimately created a number of healing figures whose spirit strongly resonates with the Rust Age. See the results in more detail here.

Chandra Glaeseman - An Excavation

Chandra is an sculptor, assemblage artist, and art educator who works with discarded and reclaimed materials. She is currently executive director of the Elizabeth Jones Art Center. Her residency project was an archaeological dig into and past the Rust Age, investigating and interpreting its relationship to myth.

Chandra's website

Alice Langlois - Unknown Bestiary

Alice is a 3D artist and filmmaker working with natural objects and ecological themes, highlighting a reverence for nature, especially its less glamorous aspects. She created a stop-motion film from items in the museum's archive.

Alice's website

Sam David

Sam is a multi-media artist using and inspired by found objects and discards. They are working on a diorama based on the museum's Age of Wonder exhibit. The diorama will become part of a larger immersive sculpture. Sam's Instagram account is here.

Alex G. - A Fairy Forest

Alex is an emerging artist, fifth grade student, and author of The Positively Unknown: A Kid's Guide to the Zymoglyphic Museum (Zymoglyphic Museum Press, 2019). She created a psychedelic garden home for a fairy doll.