Professional Development

At Trestle we work to create an essential community for artists through our Professional Development Program. This program includes monthly Critiques for groups of artists to give and receive feedback about their work. It also includes our new Critical Feedback Program where art world professionals host monthly critiques and share their unique career paths, offering tips and discussing relevant topics for participating artists.

More info on our Critical Feedback Program and Crit Nights below!

Crit Night @ Trestle Gallery

It's hard to create work in a vacuum! On the first Tuesday of each month, Trestle Gallery hosts critiques that are free and open to the public. All critiques are led by our current Visiting Artist Resident.

Critiques run approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the number of participating artists. There is a maximum of 10 artists per critique. We also welcome those who simply want to participate in the discussion, whether or not they have current work to share.

Participating artists are given 15 minutes to discuss their work. They may make a short statement about their theme and approach, or simply open up the discussion to the group.  We suggest bringing a maximum of three pieces.  

Critiques begin at 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month, and take place at Trestle Gallery, 850 3rd Ave, Suite 411.  RSVP by emailing

new @ Trestle: Critical Feedback Program

Trestle programs are designed to offer extended education to help fill the gap between traditional Masters in Fine Arts programs and real world applications, or as an alternative to the expense of higher arts education. The Trestle philosophy comes from a belief that artists can grow and learn from each other. With a studio in NYC, one of the biggest contemporary art meccas in the world, Trestle program participants have the ability to explore all that the city has to offer with a community of like-minded individuals. Trestle’s Critical Feedback Program participants work with art professionals who work in the “real” art world today, actively seeking and earning opportunities, with current connections, information, and relevant advice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How is the Critical Feedback Program different from the Trestle Artist Residency?

The CF program is designed to be a critique group where peer learning is structured with the guide of an advisor. The TAR has more of a focus on advisor led critiques, individualized mentorship, and guest visitors. Also, whereas the TAR has required volunteer hours and an end of year exhibition, The CF Program does not. All other TAS membership benefits apply to both programs.

When is the next application deadline?

Check our Submittable page for upcoming Critical Feedback Program deadlines, and other artist opportunities at Trestle Gallery:

What is the time commitment?

There are required 2 hour monthly critiques for the six months of each session. They are scheduled for the same weeknight of the week, and are planned in advice. It is important not to miss any of those meetings. Other than that, time spent in the studio is up to the participants.

Who is this program ideal for?

  • Artists interested in a peer support network with regular feedback for six months to a year.

  • Artists who wish to belong to a critique group led by a professional artist/professor.

  • Artists who want a discounted rate on a Trestle studio in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn.

About the studios:

  • 24 hr access (just work-- not live/work)

  • 10% discount on a private studio within a vibrant community of artists

  • Studio rates include utilities

About the Advisors:

  • Trestle hires experienced artists as session leaders who run the monthly critiques. These individuals are well connected, knowledgeable and give valuable feedback/suggestions. Michael Brennan, Bill Carroll, Catherine Haggarty, and Jim Osman.

About the critiques:

  • Critiques are pre scheduled for the duration of the program.

  • Residents may choose to focus on a specific question/problem or may choose to simply hear what others see in their artwork.

  • There are four groups with 8-10 artists per group. Half of the group receives about 20 minutes of feedback each month.

  • Critiques last about one and a half to two hours.

  • It is optional to being snacks/refreshments to share at the meetings.

  • Critiques are mandatory to attend to participate in the program.

What are the perks of participating in the program?

  • Meet other artists and network

  • Share opportunities

  • Get discounted studio space

  • Extend conversations with peers outside of critiques!

  • Pop up exhibition and curation opportunities at Trestle Projects