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.
Alex 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 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.
Allison Kaufman is a video artist and photographer living in New York City. She received her BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Solo exhibitions of her work have taken place at HERE Arts Center in New York City, Real Art Ways in Hartford CT, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her work has also been exhibited at Hendershot Gallery, EFA Project Space, Moore College of Art and Design, Albright College, and the Aqua Miami, VOLTA, and Affordable Art Fairs, among others. Kaufman is the recipient of the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award and an Alumni Scholarship Award from the School of Visual Arts, has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts, Penland School of Crafts, and will be an upcoming resident at the CATWALK Institute. Her work has been reviewed in the Huffington Post, the L Magazine, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, and Bomb Magazine’s BOMBlog. A catalog essay for Amplified Stages, her 2014 solo show at Real Art Ways, was written by Jen Mergel, independent curator and former Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA Boston. Kaufman teaches at a variety of institutions including Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Jennifer 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.
Mary Schiliro is an artist based in New York City who creates paintings and installations using acrylic paint and Mylar. Schiliro’s work has been exhibited across the United States as well as internationally in France and The Netherlands. Upcoming in 2019, Schiliro will exhibit her work in Belgium and Germany. She was the recipient of two Project Studio residencies at PS122 and is a Member of American Abstract Artists. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Schiliro has served as Adjunct Lecturer in Fine Arts at Hunter College as well as Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She comes to Trestle from The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she coordinated a Volunteer Program in the Membership Department.
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.