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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
SiSi Chen, Assistant Gallery Director, is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2012, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Ox-Bow, and The League Residency at Vyt. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at Hunter College.
Masha Bychkova, Studio Coordinator, is a multidisciplinary artist and independent 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.
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.
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.
Margie Neuhaus, Critical Feedback Advisor, is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn. Her work is inspired by the study of natural and manmade systems. She explores concepts of resilience and fragility and themes of concealment and revelation. Neuhaus has had solo exhibitions at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY and at Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, NY; P.S.122 Gallery, NYC; A + D Gallery, Columbia College Chicago; Islip Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum,and Franconia Sculpture Park. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell Colony, Socrates Sculpture Park,Sculpture Space,Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Vermont Studio Colony; and Ragdale Foundation.Her exhibitions have been reviewed in the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture,and Ducts.org. Neuhaus received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jessica Anderson is an award-winning brand strategist and storyteller with experience working for companies across a vast variety of sectors and business stage from early stage start-ups to global organizations. She currently runs the social arm of WPP agency SJR. In her spare time, she hops on plans exploring the world and running marathons. Jessica has a passion for art - is a member of the Junior Associates of MOMA and experiments with abstract mixed media. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University.
Lyn Baranowski is a corporate development executive with experience spanning biotech, big pharma, and venture capital firms. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy at Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. where she is a member of the executive leadership team. Ms. Baranowski has a BA in International Studies from American University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Emily Giacoman joined the Trestle Gallery board in 2017. She has over 10 years of professional experience and is presently a Vice President at American Express Company. Emily received her MBA from Cornell University and completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College.
Sophie Hilaire joined the Trestle Gallery board in 2018. She is a former U.S. Army captain with a combat deployment to Afghanistan, and the founder of a nonprofit CrossFit gym. She is currently a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advises senior executives at Fortune 100 and public-sector clients in aerospace and defense, basic materials, and consumer & packaged goods. Sophie received her B.Sc. in Management from West Point and her MBA from The Wharton School.
Ajit Kumar is one of Trestle's founding board members. He received his MBA from McGill University and additionally has a Master of Science from Stanford. Currently he is a Portfolio Manager at LMCG investments, and has over 15 years of experience.
Lisa Warren is an artist based in Connecticut and New York. She earned an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Rhode Island school of Design (RISD). Warren was subsequently accepted to the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Lisa was an Artist-in- Residence at the Vermont Studio Center, a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and awarded a fellowship at the Hambidge Center. Lisa has exhibited her work throughout New England, and New York and is currently, a Trustee at Berkshire School, where she has focused her efforts toward Student life, Admissions and Development. Lisa is working on a mural project for the Nu Perspectives program at the Nu Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, and is a member of Trestle Arts Space in Brooklyn, New York.
Joseph J. Barretto has been an advisory board member at Trestle since 2017. He is a management strategist with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His expertise includes organizational and fundraising strategy and leadership development, building the capacity of organizations to ensure their sustainability and maximize their impact. In addition to his independent consulting practice, Joseph is an Affiliate Consultant at Community Resource Exchange and sits on the Selection Committee for The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is Board Chair of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., and serves on the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College. Joseph holds degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
Heather Bhandari has been on the Trestle Gallery advisory board since 2014. She is a curator and co-author of ART/WORK; the second edition will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2017. She is the Program Director of The Artist First, a new nonprofit in LA. Heather Bhandari is a current adjunct Lecturer at Brown University, Director of Exhibitions and Program Manager at Smack Mellon, and recently completed a 15 year project as Director of Artists Relations at Mixed Greens Gallery in Chelsea. She is on the boards of Art Omi and NURTUREart.
Michael Brennan 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.
Katerina Lanfranco is a Brooklyn-based artist. She earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz (Studio Art and Visual Theory & Museum Studies) and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York (Studio Art: Painting). Her work has been exhibited internationally. Lanfranco’s work is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass. She teaches studio art at museums and other institutions for higher learning throughout New York City. She has been awarded several artists residencies including a six month creative artist residency in Kyoto, Japan. Lanfranco is the founder and director of Rhombus Space, an exhibition space in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Jim Osman 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.
Mel Prest has been an advisory board member at Trestle since 2014. She is an established artist and educator who has exhibited her work extensively, both internationally and domestically. She received her MFA in Painting from Mills College and her BFA in Painting from RISD. Mel also teaches at San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute, California college of art, and San Francisco City College.