Distillery 8

The Distillery 8 application process for 2017 is now closed. 

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The Distillery program represents one of the BHA’s most effective and impactful programs over its 25 year history. As a result, the organization has made the program the centerpiece of its next evolution. Distillery will reemerge as 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 will allocate 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 will enjoy access to the arts organizations, small businesses, and startup entrepreneurs occupying the Cluster space. Exciting collaborations between analog and digital creatives are bound to ignite.

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Detail of Strike Slip Vista by Chris McGinnis. McGinnis was a 2012 Distillery participant, and will help lead the the program for 2017.


Application Process

The application process to participate in a one year BHA Distillery residency for 2017 is now closed. Creatives selected for the 2017 Distillery residency have been notified and will gain 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 will be required to sign a one year lease for the space. *
  • The seven residents for 2017 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.