Trestle Gallery was founded in 2012 by artist and educator Rhia Hurt and a team of artists including Mary Negro and Ajit Kumar. Working in Gowanus, they became involved with the local artist community and soon discovered that many of their peers were lacking a supportive environment to develop their work and make connections with others in the art world. Wanting to meet this need, they started Trestle Gallery and began developing exhibition and educational programs with the goal of supporting local artists, curators, and educators and reach a greater community. The name “Trestle” came from a type of structure built to pass over obstacles. Like its namesake, the gallery was designed to be a support for artists, providing opportunities for them to show their work, network, and learn from each other.
Trestle Gallery and its satellite location, Trestle Projects, host 15-20 exhibitions each year. Since being established as a non-profit art gallery in 2012, Trestle has showcased the work of over 2000 local and international contemporary artists from over 35 countries. Trestle welcomes over 6,500 visitors annually.
Who We Are
Rhia Hurt is a fine artist and educator currently based in New York City. She received her MA in Education from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001. After teaching for several years, she went on to earn her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. Hurt has since shown her artwork internationally and her work is in private collections throughout the United States. In addition to her studio art practice, Hurt is also the Executive Director of Brooklyn Art Space & Trestle Gallery.
Adrienne is an artist that makes paintings, photographs and installations. She has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from Boston University in Painting. She has exhibited and taught in cities across the US and Australia, and has attended residencies around the world including Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers in South Africa; Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (receiving the Pavlis Fellowship), the League Residency at Vyt in Sparkill, NY (receiving the Distinguished Artist Fellowship) and Brooklyn Art Space/ Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. In addition to her studio practice, Adrienne is a dedicated arts administrator working for The Center for Arts Education as well as the Residency Coordinator at Trestle Gallery.
Jason Stopa is painter and critic living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Indiana University and his MFA from Pratt Institute. Recent exhibits include: "The Crayon Miscellany" at OMI (Ghent, NY), "Double Trouble" at Hionas Gallery (New York) and "Junction" at Ed Thorp Gallery (New York). He is a contributing writer to Art in America, Hyperallergic, Whitewall and The Brooklyn Rail. He teaches art and art criticism at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute.
Christina Kelly is a visual artist and filmmaker. With films, drawings and public projects Christina playfully engages with local ecology, geography and history. Her work has been presented at Proteus Gowanus, Rotunda Gallery, The Invisible Barn, video_dumbo, BAM, The New Festival, and Frameline. She has received support from the Brooklyn Arts Council's DCA, NYSCA and TIER grants, DOT Urban Art Program, and LMCC Swing Space. As a film and video editor she has worked with filmmakers Ramin Bahrani, Casper Andreas and the artist Judy Radul.
Melissa Staiger is a Brooklyn, New York City based artist and curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute. She was nominated and attended the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida & was the Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Projects in 2016. She has been teaching visual art to all ages for over 15 years. Currently, she serves as the Education Director for Trestle Workshops.
Jen Nista graduated with honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in drawing. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her body of work largely consists of textile, new media and video/performance art. Her most recent exhibitions include Laughing Out Loud at Trestle Gallery, Flux Hustle at CityBird Gallery, and FLOOR at Xoomba Loft. Additionally, she is co-founder of Waves Collective; a Brooklyn-based artist collective focusing on experimental art-based programming in alternative spaces, to foster dialogue between real people outside of institutional rhetoric.
Krish Uy Raneses works as an independent graphic designer for Trestle and other non-profit organizations. She has helped create marketing materials for Trestle’s events, programs, and our members. Krish earned her MFA and BA Fine Arts from University of Santo Tomas, and previously worked as an art and design instructor, this inspired her to help cultivate aspiring artists in any way she can.
Amy is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. First as a magazine journalist and later as a nonprofit development and communications specialist, she has been inspired by the stories of the artists, small business owners, local farmers, and community activists she has had the opportunity to cover and promote. She earned a B.A. in English and Anthropology from James Madison University.