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.
Emma Katz is an arts entrepreneur, consultant, and producer. Katz is a graduate of Harvard University, where she spent much of her time as a board member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players. She served as the founding Development Director for the fringe festival, FRIGID New York from 2008-2012. In 2009 Emma founded the affordable art gallery Recession Art and was named one of ArtInfo’s 30 Under 30 Influential Arts Professionals for her work there.
Katerina Lanfranco lives and works in New York City. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York (Tony Smith Award). She earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Visual Theory & Museum Studies. Lanfranco has been a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Japan/US Creative Arts Fellow. Lanfranco teaches studio art at several universities and cultural institutions in the New York area. Lanfranco has exhibited internationally, and her artwork is in several permanent collections internationally. She is the founder and director of Rhombus Space, an experimental exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY, and represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York.
Ruth Epstein is an art historian, journalist, and critic. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has taught in Rhode Island, Virginia, and Beijing. Her articles, essays and chapters appear in a range of publications including, most recently, Visualizing the Nineteenth-Century Home: Modern Art and the Decorative Impulse (Routledge), an anthology to which she contributed a chapter. Her reviews appear in ARTnews.
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.
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.
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.
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.