Our Story

Trestle was founded in 2012 by artist and educator Rhia Hurt and a team of artists and supporters including Mary Negro and Ajit Kumar, among others. 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 and began developing exhibition and educational programs with the goal of supporting local artists, curators, and educators and reaching a greater community. The name “Trestle” came from a type of structure built to pass over obstacles. Like its namesake, the organization was designed to be a support for artists, providing opportunities for them to show their work, network, and learn from each other.

Trestle Gallery hosts 8-10 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. 

OUr mission

Trestle is a 501c3 non-profit contemporary art space located in Sunset Park, and Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn. Our mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. Trestle is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Artists of ALL genders, abilities, communities and cultures help to fulfill Trestle’s mission to hold a space promoting excellence for all. Our mission is carried out through four core programs: Contemporary Exhibitions, Professional Development, Community Classes, and Residencies.

OUr Artists’ Studios

In addition to non profit programming, Trestle Art Space provides studio rentals for artists. Trestle is home to over 130 artists living and working in Brooklyn. Check out the Member Registry to see their artwork and learn more about Trestle’s diverse community. You can keep up with our artists by visiting our open studio events, gallery receptions, and curatorial projects.


Program Advisors


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