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.
Trestle Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit contemporary art space located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that was established in 2012 in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Our mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators. We provide a place for creative people to focus on the development of their art and their career. Our mission is carried out through four core programs: Contemporary Exhibitions, Professional Development, Community Classes, and Residencies.
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Who We Are
Rhia Hurt, Executive Director 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.
Alex Paik, Gallery Director, 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.
Cory Siegler, Gallery Manager, is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She earned a BFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute and has been an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center and Eileen Fisher Making Space. Cory is the former Manager of Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the promotion of artists’ books, and she curated several exhibitions during her time there.
Liz Sanders, Studio Manager, is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center for Photography. She is 2017 recipient of the Magnum Foundation Winter Fellowship and a 2019 Rita and Alex K.Hillman Grantee for her long-term documentary work. In addition to her photographic practice, Liz is the Studio Manager at Trestle Art Space.
Masha Bychkova, Studio Coordinator, is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in Classics and Visual Arts from Fordham University and is the co-founder of Castellain Gallery
Mary Schiliro, Workshop Director, 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, Graphics Manager, 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.
Jason Stopa, Residency Advisor, 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 Tarver, Residency Advisor, is an interdisciplinary artist. 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 internationally, and has attended residencies around the world including Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers in South Africa; Vermont Studio Center, the League Residency at Vyt in Sparkill, NY, Brooklyn Art Space/ Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn and the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Program. Recent notable press about her work includes features in Blouin Art Info, HyperAllergic, Whitewall Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine and ArtNetNews among others. She was also selected as one of “14 Emerging Female Artists to watch in 2017” by ArtNet. In addition to her studio practice, Adrienne is the Director of Art & Design at Harlem School of the Arts.
Jennifer Schmidt, Residency Advisor, 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.
Allison Kaufman, Residency Advisor, 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.
Bill Carroll, Critical Feedback Advisor, has been involved in the New York art world in a variety of roles for over 30 years. He was the Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery, then in Soho,; and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea. Bill also worked in non-profit at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Nancy Graves Foundation, and is presently the Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. He has curated numerous exhibitions. Bill has taught at Parsons School of Design in New York, and since 2011 is teaching a course for MFA students at Pratt Institute titled Art World & Professionalism. He has lectured at the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bard College, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Cornell University, and F.I.T. In April 2016 he had a solo installation of fifty-six paintings at the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Pubic Library. Bill is represented by the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea, and in January 2019 will have his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. His work has been reviewed, including by Joe Fyfe in the March 2008 issue of Art in America.
Michael Brennan, Critical Feedback Advisor, has been a Trestle Gallery advisory board member since 2014. He is a practicing artist who has exhibited extensively, domestically & internationally. Group exhibitions include PS1/MoMA, Vassar College, St. Peter’s College, etc. He has also written extensively for The Brooklyn Rail, ArtNet, and numerous catalog essays. He currently teaches at Pratt alongside his practice, and has also taught at Hunter College and Cooper Union.
Catherine Haggarty, Critical Feedback Advisor, is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011 and is currently the co-director of Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Hofstra University. Additionally Catherine co-directs NYC Crit Club and is an advisor for Trestle Gallery’s Critical Feedback Program in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University, and the juror for both Espositivo Residency in Madrid, Spain and Ground Floor Gallery in Nashville, TN.
Jim Osman, Critical Feedback Advisor, has been an advisory board member at Trestle Gallery since 2016. He is an established artist and fine arts professor. He has exhibited extensively both across the country and abroad. Born and raised in NY, he received both his BFA & MFA from Queens College, and is currently the Director of the First Year program at The New School.