Trestle is a 501c3 non-profit contemporary art space located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that was established in 2012 in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Our mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. We provide a place for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Our mission is carried out through four core programs: Contemporary Exhibitions, Professional Development, Community Classes, and Residencies.

Trestle is accepting applications for the 2019 Curator-in-Residence (CIR). The CIR program aims to facilitate events and exhibitions that activate the local community while encouraging artists and curators to challenge themselves and viewers.

Supported by Trestle Art Space and Trestle Gallery, the CIR program offers an opportunity for curators and artists-as-curators to develop and expand the scope of their practice through an exhibition series. The CIR will have 24/7 access to the exhibition space, a small office, a communal kitchen, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The CIR will also receive administrative support. Solo curators and curatorial partners/collectives are welcome to apply. (Note: this opportunity does not include housing).

About Trestle:

Trestle's primary aim is to foster creativity by expanding opportunities and providing exposure for contemporary artists and curators.

Expectations of the CIR:

- Solicit and select artists for 4-8 exhibitions

- Oversee the planning, budgeting and installation for each exhibition

- Administer contracts, schedules and budgets in collaboration with Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle staff

- Attend opening receptions

- Work within Trestle’s mission while bringing a unique curatorial vision to the program

- Convey key messages about artists' work and CIR exhibitions to Trestle staff for media materials

- Maintain scheduled office/gallery hours (schedule is very flexible) 


- This opportunity is best suited toward those with experience organizing and installing visual art exhibitions  

- Awareness of contemporary arts issues, practices and artists

- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

- Ability to organize and communicate messages effectively through writing and public presentation

- Ability to manage exhibition budgets

- Ability to meet deadlines 

- Solo curators and curatorial teams/collectives are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

- Contact information (name, email, address, telephone, and website, if applicable)

- Name, email, and telephone number of two professional references

- Professional resume

- Curatorial statement and/or vision for Curator-in-Residence program (250-500 words)

- Writing sample (250-500 words)

- 5-10 images of past curatorial projects.

Trestle Gallery Residencies

Trestle Gallery has two residency opportunities with October 1st deadlines, our Trestle Artist Residency and Visiting Artist Residency. Applicants are required to submit 4-8 work samples in the following formats: .JPG, .GIF, .MOV, .MP4, .AVI, .MP3. Applicants must have at least one professional reference.


Trestle Artist Residency
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (11:59PM)  
Residency Dates: January 1 - June 30, 2019

About the Trestle Artist Residency:
This residency is aimed at helping artists find a foothold in the art world while they develop a new body of work as an Trestle Art Space Member. Residents receive a 10% discount on the TAS Membership while getting additional support of 6 months advisory with Jason Stopa or Christina Kelly. Residents are also given the opportunity to exhibit their work at Trestle. Participants receive all benefits of a Trestle Art Space Membership as well as monthly group advisory meetings which include critiques, guest speakers, and studio visits. By participating in this program artists take advantage of networking and community building opportunities in addition to having access to low-cost studio space. The residents give back to the community and get a peek into the administrative end of the art world by volunteering in the gallery or studio for three hours per month. All artists are invited to apply. Applications are accepted twice each year.

Part of the Trestle Artist Residency program is the option to participate in an end of year Residency Exhibition with rotating prominent guest curators. The guest curator for the 2018 residency cycle will be Carmen Hermo (2019 guest curator to be determined), an assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Incoming residents will have the opportunity to meet with her and show her their work before the exhibition.

Who this residency is ideal for:
1. Artists developing a new body of work
2. Artists entering or re-entering the art world
3. Artists who have graduated with a BFA or MFA within the past two years (note: this residency is open to all artists, Bachelors/Masters degrees are not required). 


Visiting Artist Residency
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (11:59PM)  
Upcoming cycle: January 1 - June 30, 2019

About the Visiting Artist Residency:
The Visiting Artist Residency allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle community. Each cycle, one artist receives free Brooklyn Art Space Semi-Private studio membership for six months. The Visiting Resident Artist leads one art talk and one critique or workshop during the residency. 

Who this residency is ideal for:

Established artists who would like to have a space to make work, while interacting with the Trestle & BAS community.

*Please note: we do not provide housing*

Ends on November 1, 2018$10.00

Introductions 2019

Introductions is an annual open call hosted by Trestle Gallery. In support of our 2019 exhibition theme & focus, all applicants to 2019's open call will be conisdered for a solo exhibition at Trestle Gallery. The only qualification is that you have not participated in a show at our gallery before (previous open calls count, member salons do not count).

Show Dates:
Install: week of 12/17/18 | On View: 12/21/18-1/30/19 | Reception: 1/4/19 | De-install:  2/1/19

Submission Guidelines:  

  • 2D and 3D artworks of all media are accepted for consideration
  • You may submit up to 8 images in your application
  • Images must be in JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side
  • CV and Statement must be submitted in PDF form
  • As a non-profit gallery, Trestle splits all sales 70/30, with 70% going to the artist.
  • Link to view sketch up files & floor plan: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B98QuPIzf--dWFg0MUU5bHhxX0U?usp=sharing

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for group exhibitions at Trestle (three artists or more). Current submissions will be considered for the 2020-2021 calendar. Note: Due to the volume of exhibition proposal submissions, we are unable to send any form of response or feedback. No hard copy submissions are accepted.

Click here for Trestle Gallery's floor plan.

To Apply:
- Written proposal (up to 500 words)
- Up to 8 .JPG images
- List of artists and their CVs in .PDF form

Trestle Gallery