Exhibition Opportunities

Trestle Gallery hosts two annual open calls for gallery exhibitions - Introductions and Small Works . We are also pleased to announce The Wall - a new opportunity for site-specific installations for our gallery entrance wall, starting in 2020. All of our exhibition opportunities are open to national and international artists. Be sure to read the open call descriptions thoroughly before applying.

Please note: as a non-profit we are not able to cover the cost of shipping to and from the gallery.  Although submission fees are low, and only used to help offset the costs of the exhibition and Submittable platform, Trestle accepts requests for fee waivers in advance of submission for those who cannot afford to pay. Please email r.hurt@brooklynartspace.org.

The Wall


Trestle Gallery is pleased to announce a new open call opportunity for site-specific projects for The Wall. Trestle Gallery will select 4 artists (or artistic collaborators/collectives) for the 2020 calendar year to execute a site-specific drawing, painting, or installation on our 8 x 10.25 foot entrance wall at our 850 3rd Avenue location. These projects will remain on view for approximately 2 months, with an opening reception that coincides with our other gallery programming. Applications are open to all artists (NY-based or otherwise) but selected artists must be available to install and deinstall their own projects. Trestle will provide a modest stipend to help cover expenses related to the production of the work. Selected artists will be notified in the Fall of 2019.


Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2019, 11:59pm

Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration in our January 2020 exhibition organized by our Guest Curators: Leah Triplett Harrington, Lindsey Stapleton, and Corey Oberlander of The Rib!

The Rib is an online art publication decentralizing criticism and coverage of contemporary art. Launched in the fall of 2017, The Rib publishes commentary and criticism in the form of reviews, editorials, interviews, and essays that connects artists, spaces, curators, and advocates working outside of major arts communities in the United States.

Leah Triplett Harrington is the founding editor of The Rib. She is currently Assistant Curator for Now + There, a Boston non-profit for public art. Her writing has most recently appeared in The Rib as well as Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism. Leah has lectured at Boston University, Montserrat College of Art, Stonehill College, Tufts University Art Gallery, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lindsey Stapleton is the co-founder and director of GRIN, a recently closed contemporary gallery located in Rhode Island. Now based in Atlanta, she is an independent curator and the Creatiive Director of The Rib.

Corey Oberlander is the co-founder and director of GRIN, a recently closed contemporary gallery located in Rhode Island. Now based in Atlanta, he works as Collection Manager for a Private Art Collection.

Small Works

2019 Application closed

Do you work small? Have a bite-size series? Traverse the tiny? Have an occasional moment of “mini”? This is the call for you!

Open to international and national artists working in any medium - the only requirement is that you submit work no larger than 12” on the longest side.