Rhia Hurt, Executive Director
Alex Paik, Chief Curator
Adrienne Tarver, Residency Advisor
Jason Stopa, Residency Advisor
Christina Kelly, Residency Advisor
Jennifer Schmidt, Residency Advisor
Jen Nista, Exhibition Manager
Melissa Staiger, Workshop Director
Krish Uy Raneses - Graphic Designer
Amy Blankstein - Grants Writer
Rhia Hurt, Executive DirectorRhia 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.
Alex Paik, Chief CuratorAlex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs nationally and internationally. He is represented by Gallery Joe (Philadelphia) and is the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He is the curator of the Satellite Art Show, an alternative art fair in Miami.
Adrienne Tarver, Residency AdvisorAdrienne 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, Residency AdvisorJason 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, Residency AdvisorChristina 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.
Jennifer Schmidt, Residency AdvisorJennifer Schmidt is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who works with print media, graphic design, and sound to create site-specific installations, video, and performances that question the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment.She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Delaware; and is Chair of the Print, Paper, and Graphic Arts Department at SMFA @ Tufts University in Boston, MA.
Jen Nista, Exhibition ManagerJen 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.
Melissa Staiger, Workshop DirectorMelissa 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.
Krish Uy Raneses - Graphic DesignerKrish 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 Blankstein - Grants WriterAmy 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.
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