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.
The foundation of Trestle’s commitment to artists is our Contemporary Exhibition Program. Each season we showcase new work by a select group of artists in our two spaces, Trestle Gallery, and Trestle Projects. Using a combination of invited exhibitions and open calls, we select local and international artists, and offer them the opportunity to showcase their work and become part of an arts community.
At Trestle we work to create an essential community for artists through our Professional Development Program. This program includes monthly Critiques for groups of artists to give and receive feedback about their work. It also includes Panels and Art Talks with mid-career artists and art world professionals, who share their unique career paths, offer tips and discuss relevant topics for emerging artists.
Trestle’s Community Classes Program offers instruction in a wide variety of artist techniques and theories, as well as training in professional practices. This program serves a dual purpose of educating artists in new media and creating jobs for highly-trained teaching artists. The classes attract a wide range of artists from the neighborhood and help Trestle participate in the life of the local community while providing professional-level artistic instruction to a wide audience.
In collaboration with Trestle Art Space, Trestle offers three Residencies each year. These residencies are designed to help artists and curators find a foothold in the art world while they develop their practice. The Open Studio Residency offers twenty emerging artists a six-month reduced rate studio membership. The Visiting Artist Residency offers one experienced artist a free six-month studio membership. And our Curator-In-Residence Program provides one emerging curator with a free one-year office and the opportunity to gain significant experience by curating and producing 6-8 exhibitions and public programs at the Trestle Project Space.
In addition to visual art exhibitions, Trestle hosts a variety of professional development opportunities and events:
- Monthly Art Talks
- Monthly Critiques
- Open Studio Residency (in partnership with Trestle Art Space)
- Visiting Artist Residency (in partnership with Trestle Art Space)
- Curator in Residence Program (in partnership with Trestle Art Space)
- Community Classes
- Artist Mentorship Program
- Internships (in partnership with Trestle)