A Trestle Residency is a professional development program that aims to provide space, community, & opportunities for emerging artists. Trestle Residencies are professional development programs that aims to provide space, community, & opportunities for emerging artists. These goals are achieved through six to twelve month residencies. The Open Studio Residency includes monthly advisor meetings with one of three advisors Christina Kelly, Jason Stopa, or Adrienne Tarver. Each of the twelve meetings include formal critiques, studio visits with NYC curators and art world professionals, and opportunities to exhibit resident artwork. Visiting Artist Residents receive a free studio. The Curator-in-Residence receives exhibition space and administrative support from Trestle Gallery's Chief Curator and Gallery Manager. Former residents who have completed the program have gone on to do great things. 100% of Trestle Residency Alumni have had the opportunity to show their artwork in group or solo exhibitions. Most seeking further career advancement have gone on to be awarded professional opportunities such as acceptance to graduate school, participations in group or solo exhibitions at other galleries, and/or have acquired artist visas. Many have gone on to work with other artists in community building in some capacity. Examples include: several alumni have attended other residencies, started art collectives, and otherwise become leaders in artist-run spaces. Click here to see a list of Trestle Residency Alumni and what some of them are up to post-residency. Please note: we do not provide housing.
Visiting Artist Residency
Open Studio Residency
Current 2017 Residents:
image: Relationship Between Minds, 2017
Korean artist Hyun Jung Ahn (b.1986) investigates to create ‘shapes of mind’ through enigmatic abstract forms. She begins with visual diary based her emotions before she focuses on drawing, painting, and sculpture. The artist’s practice emphasizes capsules of time,
crystallized feelings and words. She was selected emerging young artist in 2013 from Lamer Gallery, Seoul, South Korea and her works have been shown many art fairs including Art Basel Miami. Ahn graduated from Duk-Sung Women’s University, Seoul (in 2010 B.F.A and 2013 M.F.A). She received her second M.F.A in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn in 2017, and she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Image: Shades for You and Me, 2017
"My practice attempts to investigate identities (myself as a painter, Korean, American, immigrant, and woman) by deconstructing paintings. I do this by examining the relationships between color harmonies, surface textures and painting materials. Within this practice I use the process of stripping paint away as a gesture that corresponds to my ideas about awareness and in essence shaving layers off of myself. I am incorporating various other materials to see how they further activate the painting and explore the reality that exists beyond my own understanding, looking to integrate the outside world."
Image: Origin, 2017
"As a child, I didn’t see a grand separation between myself and my environment. Growing up in Southeast Alaska, I was surrounded by wilderness. There wasn’t a hard line between the romanticized and reality. As an adult, my relationship with the natural world feels more complex. I wonder why we’ve made a distinction between nature and ourselves. I’m curious of how we shape it as a consequence. I worry about what we risk losing."
Image: By the Schuylkill, there's no Ikea., 2017
Andrea Caldarise is a painter, collage-maker, and collaborator inspired by happenstance conversations, urban landscapes, and memories. Her art practice focuses on recreating an environment through line, color, and mark-making. Caldarise studied at Tyler School of Art where she received her BFA in painting and art history. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Image: This Painting is a Whore, 2017
Abby Cochran’s work incorporates mixed media, sculpture and installation as a means to confront and reject fear. The work is reaction based and rooted in abstraction. Elements of destruction blend into notions of an “anti-pretty” aesthetic. She has exhibited work in Lacoste, France and Savannah, GA. Born in Indianapolis Indiana, Cochran received a BFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. She is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
image: Untitled 101
"My work responds to the creeks and canals that surround us here in Brooklyn. For many of the works, I go to the banks to work with the pollution itself, or gathering up stones / concrete etc., while others are created in the studio as intuitive associations to the environment. My education in is the fields of studio art and art therapy. I approach my work with polluted bodies of water with the idea that I am assisting the water to express its current state via art-making. I consider these works to be a collaboration between myself and the water. Currently I am focusing on the Gowanus Canal, but in the past have worked with the New town Creek and the Atoyac River in Mexico."
Image: Untitled, 2017
Working from direct observation, Kat Deiner paints subjects in nature that often go overlooked. By magnifying thoughtfully selected fragments of each subject, she offers a new perspective by removing it from its typical context. Raw texture, color, and light drive her compositions, pushing them towards abstraction, while anchoring them in reality. Deiner finds her subjects in everyday surroundings in Brooklyn and throughout her travels abroad.
image: Untitled 1, 2015
Alison De Vito is a mixed media artist and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2013. Working primarily in drawing and painting, her work additionally incorporates and is informed by printed matter, analog photography / video, and sound. Focused primarily on concepts of narrative, memory, nostalgia, and consciousness, her work lends itself to abstraction and employs non-traditional materials and processes in pursuit of visual realization.
image: Wailing Wall Kisses Back, 2012
Ronit Levin Delgado (born Tel-Aviv, Israel) a Fulbright scholar, lives and works in NY. Levin Delgado is a graduate (2013) of the MFA Studio Art program at Montclair State University, NJ and holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2008). In 2007, Levin Delgado was selected for the Exchange Program for Merit Students to study at Carnegie Mellon College of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
Image: Temptest (triptych), 2017
"My goal is simple: to communicate through paint and found objects the many and diverse sensations of being within a non-objective environment. I work abstractly because I am interested in the individual and subjective responses to these forms. Whether or not the state of viewing is consistent, a dialogue will emerge through the experiential nature of the work – opening it to a set of truths that can be discussed and debated by all. The paintings probe the viewer; are you being transported to an excited state? Is there elation, anxiety, feelings of curiosity or disruption? In this sense, my work serves as a bridge from the personal to the public, the intangible to the geographical, while encouraging communication and, ultimately, unity."
Image: Summer Supper, 2017
Alyssa Eble is an artist originally from the midwest living in Brooklyn, New York for the past 8 years. Her pieces investigate personal deliberations, art historical imagery, and ever changing perspectives in relationships, internal and external, portraying an evolving human condition through the figures from memory.
Image: The Survivors, 2016
Sarbani Ghosh is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Miami, and earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn. She has exhibited at SELECT Fair at both Art Basel Miami and FRIEZE New York, and in numerous group shows in both Miami and New York City.
Image: Sarah Malcolm, 2016
"I have always been inspired by good stories. With my art, I tell stories of everyday life and transpose them into a playful, whimsical world, one where a young boy struggling to wake up in the morning is brought tea by a chipmunk. The stories that I tell can be enjoyed on multiple levels. Children may find a simpler meaning while adults are invited to find something more by going deeper. My desire is that these small glimpses of this alternate world extend beyond the canvas and enter the viewer's imagination, making it an interactive experience."
Image: Christ has ridden, 2017
"I used to sneak away and smoke lawn grass rolled up in fallen rhododendron leaves. It was exhilarating. The urge to transgress still remains, though masked by education and social conditioning. I now create objects that hint at rebellious, sometimes violent, and shameful desires that lurk beneath the skin of contemporary American culture. I work with materials and imagery drawn from modern media, my own suburban experiences, and the paraphernalia of middle class domestic environments. My work explores, captures, and reveals these unsettling and indulgent tendencies through the recombination of cultural and material detritus."
Image: Julia Melfi, 2015
"My body of work, Wish you were here!, uses birthday party supplies to think through themes of ritualized celebration, temporality, and memory. Through abstraction, I can get at these objects' most basic elements-color, texture, form-to create a sense of nostalgia. I hope the work creates a tension between the lightheartedness of celebration with the dissociative sensation brought about by the abstraction."
Image: Welcome Home, 2017
Megan was born and raised in upstate New York and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her experience frequenting the Adirondack Mountains as a child and currently inspire and provoke her artistic practice. Megan is a painter with a strong devotion to the practice of drawing.
image: Painting 56, 2014
Life-long Brooklyn resident artist Ian Schwartz creates cityscape representations that reflect his travels about town. He began to collect scraps of industrially produced plastic and metal patterns that he associated with architecture, which were then used in his acrylic painting process to obtain heavy textured three dimensional relief. As a graduate student at Pratt, Ian started to experiment using his collection of found objects as stamps on a larger scale with watercolor paints and pencils, as texture molds for ceramic tiles and also to curate sculptural installations. He also began to catalogue the individual shapes of objects in his paintings as digital drawings, retracing the shape of each individual found object in several paintings into outlines and silhouettes of the original compositions.
image: hairnet, 2017
Lesley Wamsley is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been in national and international exhibitions including the Endless Biennial, New York City, NY and Graphics Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Recent residencies include The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY and Endless Editions, New York City, NY. Her work is held by the Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Book Collection, New York City, NY. She is an adjunct professor in the Foundation Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Merit Award for excellence in teaching.
January - June 2017 Residents:
Marilee Bogaert, Dean Christensen, Charlie Jo Crowell, Ronit Levin Delgado, Jenny Drucker, Vita Eruhimovitz, Samantha Holmes, Ariela Kader, Younghoo Lee, Sarah Malcolm, Julia Melfi, Libby Rosa, Aparna Sarkar, Erina Shibata, Annie Trincot, Amy Wetsch, Natalia Zubko
Paul Anagnostopoulos, Marilee Bogaert, Rachel Chicaguala, Dean Christensen, Lily Coleman, Julie Combal, Charlotte Corini, Anne Croken, Beth Duerr, Joshua Gabriel, Jessica Gramza, Katie Hector, Zanne Kuhlman, Bonam Kim, Kat JK Lee, Carlos Torres Machado, Sarah Mallory, Jen Nista, Natasa Prljevic, Erika Roth, Libby Rosa, Aparna Sarkar, Shana Siegel, Skye Asta Devine Schirmer, Annie Trincot
Rachel Chicaguala, Lily Colman, Jessica Dalrymple, Beth Duerr, Michelle Givent, Erin Hael, Minsol Kim, Sarah Mallory, Molly McIntyre, Erika Roth, Shana Siegal, Brett Wallace & Hannah Lutz Winkler