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.

Ends on April 1, 2018$10.00

Trestle Gallery Residencies

Trestle Gallery has two residency opportunities with April 15 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: April 1, 2018 (11:59PM)  
Residency Dates: July 1 - December 31, 2018

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.

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). 

Residency Exhibition Guest Curator:

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 upcoming residency cycle will be Carmen Hermo, 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.

About Carmen Hermo:

Hermo joined the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s curatorial team as Assistant Curator in June 2016. She is organizing and co-curating several of the initiatives and exhibitions celebrating the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sackler Center, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.  

Previously, she was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010–16), where she served on the museum’s Young Collectors Council acquisition committee devoted to acquiring and supporting the work of emerging artists. While there, she researched and promoted the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, overseeing the Collection Online and the outgoing loans program, and worked on acquisitions, collection management, and special projects. She co-curated the contemporary collection exhibitions Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012–13) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015). She has previously worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.


Visiting Artist Residency
Application Deadline: April 15, 2017 (11:59PM)  
Upcoming cycle: July 1 - December 31, 2018

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 May 1, 2018$10.00

Small Works 2018

Curated by Sharon Louden

Show Dates: July 26th - August 29nd, 2018

Submission Guidelines:     
- Pieces may be no bigger than 12" on longest sidewe 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 JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side
- CV and Statement must be submitted in PDF form

About the Curator:
Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books.

Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicagoand an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

Ends on November 1, 2018$10.00

Introductions 2018

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, member salons do not count).

Show Dates:
January 18 - February 20, 2019

Submission Guidelines:     
- Longest edge of artwork can be a maximum of 6'
- 2D and 3D artworks of all media are accepted for consideration
- You may submit up to 3 works in your application
- Images must be in JPEG format, 1000 pixels on longest side
- CV and Statement must be submitted in PDF form

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. (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 4-6 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 

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)
Ends on May 1, 2018$10.00
Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for group exhibitions at Trestle (three artists or more). Current submissions will be considered for the 2019-2020 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.

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