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Distillery Image with Border

The Distillery program represents one of the BHA’s most effective and impactful programs over its 25 year history. It is one of Pittsburgh’s top professional development experiences for creatives seeking to take their career to the next level.

The Journey

In Distillery studios, the BHA employs a diverse array of professional development opportunities for emerging artists, craftspeople, and makers. Distillery offers a multidimensional growth process, not just space. In addition, Distillery allocates expertise and resources to cultivate Pittsburgh’s most underrepresented and underserved creatives.

Distillery participants are encouraged to engage with the surrounding communities on the Hill Top and along the Mon Valley. In addition, the Distillery participants enjoy access to the arts organizations, small businesses, and startup entrepreneurs.

Detail of Strike Slip Vista by Chris McGinnis. McGinnis was a 2012 Distillery participant.


2017-2018 Distillery Residents

Creatives selected for the 2017-2018 Distillery residency are:

  • Danny Bracken
  • Percy Echols II
  • Jaclyn Harris
  • Tony Havrilla
  • Maia Leppo
  • Tereneh Mosley
  • Marlana Vassar

They have gained access to the program benefits listed below:

  • One of seven approximately 250 sq. ft. studios in the Distillery space at $100 per month. Distillery residents sign a one year lease for the space. *
  • The seven residents for 2017-2018 will engage in a curriculum of workshops covering a range of topics including community engagement, marketing and promotion, arts education and administration, and cross-sectional collaboration.
  • The 2017 Distillery residency will culminate in a group exhibition in the BHA’s gallery from April through June 2018 where residents will be able to showcase their creative accomplishments.

2017-2018 Distillery Mentors

Mentors for the 2017-2018 Distillery residency are:

  • Charles Biddle
    Over the course of four decades, Charles Biddle’s photographs and drawings have primarily depicted mid-20th century neon and the architecture associated with it. His work has been a continuous act of preservation, witness to the idea of the country and shared experience through signs.
  • Dee Briggs
    Dee Briggs was born in 1968 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania and now lives and works in Wilkinsburg. She received a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University in 2002 with undergraduate studies in architecture at the City College of New York. Briggs exhibits nationally and has taught in the schools of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Seth Clark
    Seth Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and studied close to home in Providence at the Rhode Island School of Design. His drawings and paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institution. Clark is a 2012 Flight School Fellow and was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
  • Crystal Latimer
    Crystal Latimer is an award-winning artist based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has been extensively exhibited in the regional area, including shows at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Mine House Factory, Gallery 4, and 937 Gallery; while she was also presented as an “Emerging Artist” at Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2016. Her work is included in private collections in addition to the public collections of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, Jones Day, and PNC Bank.
  • Carin Mincemoyer
    Carin Mincemoyer is a sculptor and installation artist who frequently uses discarded materials to create works that examine the contradictory desires that we look to the natural world to fulfill. She is the recipient of awards including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts and an Individual Artist Award from the Pittsburgh Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NY, and SPACES in Cleveland, OH.
  • Risë Nagin
    Risë Nagin lives in Pittsburgh, where she maintains her studio. Her textiles, drawings, and books have been exhibited internationally and are included in museum, corporate, and private collections in the US, Japan, and Europe.
  • Scott Turri
    Hailing from suburban Philadelphia, where he spent his formative years, Turri now calls Pittsburgh home and has become enmeshed in the regional art community. He has had a range of artistic experiences: from punk rock to a performance art band, writing for New Art Examiner, BOMB and Afterimage magazines, work in video, to currently concentrating primarily on painting and animation. Along with these pursuits, Turri is also an educator and is a full-time lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.