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.
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.
Distillery Program Description
The Distillery Program is an eleven-month program designed to support the creation of work in a safe and creative environment and to help seven emerging artists transition into a professional artistic career by supporting a vigorous studio practice and providing professional development opportunities. This program focuses on inspiring participants to embrace new challenges in their work and provides a supportive community in which to create.
Distillery 9 will focus on the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh by encouraging artists to develop programs and/or workshops that engage local communities. Through this process artists will develop community experiences to engage community members in art based programs such as collaborative art making experiences, artist talks, hands-on workshops, performances, exhibitions, and more.
In addition to the community projects located throughout the South Side, an artist lecture series will enrich the participating artists’ careers through themes surrounding professional artist development. Experts in the field will give advice on essential skills for artists including developing an artist statement, gallery representation, community collaboration and outreach, public art installations, marketing as an artist, artist websites, selling artwork, etc.
Artists working in any visual media, including time based or performance media, are eligible to apply. Students enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year are not eligible. Applicants should be able to attend all scheduled sessions. Applications will be reviewed with the focus on quality of work, potential impact of the program on their studio practice and artistic career, along with an interest and experience in collaborating with other artists and with community.
March 1, 2018: Deadline for receipt of applications
April 15, 2018: Accepted artists will be notified
July 15, 2018 – June 15, 2019: Studio Rental,
Series of Professional development sessions monthly – dates TBA
January –June 2019: Implementation of Community Programs or Workshops
April – June. 2019: Participating Artists to be featured in exhibition in BHA gallery
Applications must be received by March 1, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The program requires a $100.00 monthly fee to cover studio utility costs, which provides one of seven approximately 250 sq. ft. studios in the Distillery space. Distillery residents will be required to sign a lease for this space. Rental includes studio space only, live space is not provided.
There is no fee to apply.
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2018-2019 Distillery Residents
Creatives selected for the 2018-2019 Distillery residency are:
- Casey Connelly
- Nicole Czapinski
- Juan Jose Fernandez
- Anthony Gima
- Michael Hull
- Jordana McCallen
- Derek Reese
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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 Distillery residency will culminate in a group exhibition in the BHA’s gallery from April through May 2019 where residents will be able to showcase their creative accomplishments.
2017-2018 Distillery Mentors
Mentors for the 2018-2019 Distillery residency are:
- Blaine Siegel
- Terry Boyd
- Hyla Willis
- Chad Parker
- Samantha Skelton
- JoAnna Commandaros
- Barbara Weissberger