Mission

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 programs are designed to offer an alternative to the expense of higher education. The Trestle philosophy comes from a belief that artists can grow and learn from each other without the excessive student loans that can come with graduate work at larger institutions. With a studio in NYC, one of the biggest contemporary art meccas in the world, Trestle program participants have the ability to explore all that the city has to offer with a community of like minded individuals.

Trestle’s Critical Feedback Program participants work with art professionals who work in the “real” art world today, actively seeking and earning opportunities, with current information and relevant advice. 

Who is this program ideal for?

  • Artists interested in a peer support network with regular feedback for six months to a year. 
  • Artists who wish to belong to a critique group led by a professional artist/professor.
  • Artists who want a discounted rate on a studio in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn (this program is located at Trestle Projects - 62 18th Street, Brooklyn). 

About the studios:

  • 24/7 Studio Access
  • 10% discount on a private studio within a vibrant community of artists
  • Studio rates are $385- $630 per month depending on size (include utilities)

About the Advisors:

  • Trestle hires experienced artists as advisors who run the monthly critiques. These individuals are knowledgeable and give great feedback/suggestions. Applicants will be matched with asvisors. Catherine Haggarty will lead the pilot, as well as subsequent sessions. The other advisors for subsequent sessions include: Michael Brennan, Bill Carroll, and Jim Osman.

About the critiques:

  • Critiques are pre scheduled for the duration of the program. 
  • Participants may choose to focus on a specific question/problem or may choose to simply hear what others see in their artwork.
  • There are four groups with 8-10 artists per group. Half of the group receives about 20 minutes of feedback each month. 
  • Critiques last about one and a half to two hours.
  • It is optional to being snacks/refreshements to share at the meetings.
  • They are mandatory to attend to participate in the program. 

What are the perks of participating in the program?

  • Meet other artists and network
  • Share opportunities
  • Get discounted studio space
  • Extend the conversations with peers outside of critiques!
  • Pop up exhibition and curation opportunities at Trestle Projects (62 18th Street, Brooklyn)

Program dates:

  • Session 1: March 1 (first meeting in April) through Sept 30 2019 - Application Deadline: 2/20/2019 11:59pm
  • Session 1: October 1 2019 through March 31 2020- Application Deadline: 8/15/2019 11:59pm


About our Session Leaders:

Michael Brennan has been a Trestle Gallery advisory board member since 2014. He is a practicing artist who has exhibited extensively, domestically & internationally. Group exhibitions include PS1/MoMA, Vassar College, St. Peter’s College, etc. He has also written extensively for The Brooklyn Rail, ArtNet, and numerous catalog essays. He currently teaches at Pratt alongside his practice, and has also taught at Hunter College and Cooper Union. 

Bill Carroll has been involved in the New York art world in a variety of roles for over 30 years. He was the Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery, then in Soho,; and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea. Bill also worked in non-profit at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Nancy Graves Foundation, and is presently the Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. He has curated numerous exhibitions. Bill has taught at Parsons School of Design in New York, and since 2011 is teaching a course for MFA students at Pratt Institute titled Art World & Professionalism. He has lectured at the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bard College, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Cornell University, and F.I.T. In April 2016 he had a solo installation of fifty-six paintings at the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Pubic Library. Bill is represented by the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea, and in January 2019 will have his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. His work has been reviewed, including by Joe Fyfe in the March 2008 issue of Art in America.

Catherine Haggarty, b. 1984, is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Hofstra University. Additionally Catherine co-directs NYC Crit Club and is an advisor for Trestle Gallery’s Critical Feedback Program in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University, and the juror for both Espositivo Residency in Madrid, Spain and Ground Floor Gallery in Nashville, TN.

Jim Osman has been an advisory board member at Trestle Gallery since 2016. He is an established artist and fine arts professor. He has exhibited extensively both across the country and abroad. Born and raised in NY, he received both his BFA & MFA from Queens College, and is currently the Director of the First Year program at The New School.


Ends on April 1, 2019$15.00
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Small Works 2019

Curated by Will Hutnick

Opening Reception: June 20th, 7-9pm | On View through July 14th.

*IMPORTANT*: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM AND PROMOTION FOLDERS FOR COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION

Submission Guidelines:  

  •  Pieces may be no bigger than 12" on longest side - we accept 2D and 3D framed and unframed works of all media. If a work is framed, the frame can be a maximum of 2" larger than the piece itself, making the max dimension 14"
  • You may submit up to 3 works for consideration
  • Images must be in .JPG or .JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side, titled: LastnameFirstname_Title.jpg
  • Media can be submitted in .MOV, .MPG4, or .GIF format, titled: Lastname_Firstname_Title.mpg4
  • CV, Statement, and Bio must be submitted in PDF form, titled: LastnameFirstName_CV.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Statement.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Bio.pdf; 
  • Trestle splits all sales 70/30, with 70% going to the artist.
  • National and international artists are welcome to apply. As a non-profit we don't have a shipping budget, so should an artist be selected they will have to cover the cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

About the Curator:
Will Hutnick is an artist and curator based in Wassaic, NY. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) and his B.A. from Providence College (Providence, RI). His work has been exhibited most recently at LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Paradice Palase (Brooklyn), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), DEMO Project (Springfield, IL), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn), The Java Project (Brooklyn), Providence College Galleries (Providence, solo) and Pratt Institute. Hutnick has curated numerous exhibitions at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Trestle Projects, Pratt Institute (New York and Brooklyn) and Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC). He has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), DNA Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and a curator-in-residence at Benaco Arte (Sirmione, Italy) and Trestle Projects (Brooklyn). Hutnick is a 2017 Martha Boschen Porter Fund grant recipient from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as well as a 2015 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is the Co-Director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Brooklyn, and is currently the Residency Director at the Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art and art education to foster positive social change.

(via http://www.willhutnick.com/cv/)

 

Trestle Gallery Residencies

Trestle Gallery has two residency opportunities with April 15th deadlines, our Trestle Artist Residency and Visiting Artist Residency. For details on each of the residencies, continue reading below.

Submission guidelines:

  • Applicants are required to submit 4-8 work samples.
  • Images must be in .JPG or .JPEG format, titled: LastnameFirstname_Title.jpg
  • Media can be submitted in .MOV, .MPG4, .MP3, or .GIF format, titled: Lastname_Firstname_Title.mpg4
  • CV, Statement, and Bio must be submitted in PDF form, titled: LastnameFirstName_CV.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Statement.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Bio.pdf; 
  •  Applicants must have at least one professional reference.

*IMPORTANT*: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM AND PROMOTION FOLDERS FOR COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION
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 Trestle Artist Residency

 Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 (11:59PM)  
Residency Dates: July 1 - December 31, 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, Adrienne Tarver, 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 2019 residency cycle will be Eriola Pira.
 

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).
 

*Please note: we do not provide housing*
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 Visiting Artist Residency

 Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 (11:59PM)  
Upcoming cycle: July 1 - December 31, 2019

About the Visiting Artist Residency:
The Visiting Artist Residency at Trestle Gallery allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Trestle Gallery and Art Space community. Each cycle, one artist receives a free private studio membership for six months at Trestle Art Space. The Visiting Resident Artist leads monthly public critiques for the duration of the residency.
 

Who this residency is ideal for:
This residency is ideal for established artists with a serious practice looking for a space to make work while engaging with the Trestle Gallery & Art Space community.
*Please note: we do not provide housing*
 

Ends on October 20, 2019$15.00
$15.00

Trestle Gallery Open Call: Introductions 2020

Application deadline: October 20th, 2019, 11:59pm

Introductions is an annual open call hosted by Trestle Gallery. The only qualification is that you have not participated in a show at our gallery before (previous open calls count, Trestle Gallery member salons & residency exhibitions do not count). Introductions 2020 curator is to be determined - check back soon for more details!

Installation Dates: January 13-15th 2020 | Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 7-9pm

  • 2D and 3D artworks of all media are accepted for consideration.
  • You may submit up to 3 works for consideration
  • Images must be in .JPG or .JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side, titled: LastnameFirstname_Title.jpg
  • Media can be submitted in .MOV, .MPG4, or .GIF format, titled: Lastname_Firstname_Title.mpg4
  • CV, Statement, and Bio must be submitted in PDF form, titled: LastnameFirstName_CV.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Statement.pdf; LastnameFirstName_Bio.pdf; 
  • Trestle splits all sales 70/30, with 70% going to the artist.
  • National and international artists are welcome to apply. As a non-profit we don't have a shipping budget, so should an artist be selected they will have to cover the cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

Trestle Gallery Exhibition Proposals

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



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