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, Brew House Association brings together a diverse array of professional development opportunities for emerging artists, craftspeople, and makers. Distillery offers a multidimensional growth process, not just space.
“Space to work is so important. Building creative community is invaluable as an artist. I was so honored to be part of the program. I created work I never imagined because so this program. It changed and added value to my process and work.” – Tereneh Idia, Distillery 8, 2018
Distillery Program Overview
Distillery is a year-long studio residency designed to help 7 emerging artists transition into a professional artistic career by supporting a rigorous studio practice and providing professional development opportunities in a creative and affordable environment. This program focuses on inspiring participants to embrace new challenges in their work and connect to a supportive community. Artists work throughout the year towards a group exhibition at the Brew House Gallery.
Selected artists will be paired with a local mentor and will attend regular professional development workshops with a variety of experts in the field. Guest speakers will guide group critiques and give advice on essential skills for artists such as developing effective work samples, writing grant proposals, collaborating with community, marketing as an artist, and more.
Artists working in any visual media are eligible to apply. Applicants must be based within the Pittsburgh region – housing is not provided. Selected applicants are expected to attend all scheduled residency sessions. Students enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year are not eligible.
The ideal Distillery candidate is actively seeking to professionalize their practice, open to creative risk-taking, motivated to seek expert opinions, and dedicated to grounding themselves in a shared studio environment.
Individual applications will be reviewed on quality of artwork, strength of C.V., and potential impact of the program on applicant’s studio practice and artistic career. We ask our selection committee to think comprehensively about the cohort of artists selected to make sure each group reflects a multitude of voices, processes, and media.
Fees & Stipends
Artists are required to sign a lease for their 250 sq. ft. studio. A refundable $100 security deposit is due at move-in and rent is $100 per month. Rental includes studio space; residential space is not provided.
Upon completion of the program and all requirements, artists will be eligible to receive a $300 honorarium to assist in transition expenses.
A limited number of partial scholarships may be made available to help support studio fees for eligible artists. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstration of financial need and short answer in the application.
Artists are required to:
- Attend monthly workshops and group critiques that occur on weekday evenings or weekends.
- Complete all tasks assigned at monthly workshops.
- Arrange meetings with their mentor every other month.
- Submit one completed proposal or application (for a project of the artist’s choice) for feedback.
- Create new artwork for the group exhibition.
- Attend the Distillery exhibition opening reception.
- Participate in the open studios event.
- Present an artist talk.
February 25, 2020: Information Session & Studio Tour (6:30-8:00 pm)
March 15, 2020: Deadline for receipt of applications
May 1, 2020: Accepted artists will be notified
June 18, 2020: Selected Artist Welcome Dinner, BHA Gallery (6:30-9:00 pm)
July 13 – July 19, 2020: Studio Move in Dates
August, 2020 – June, 2021: Series of professional development workshops – dates TBA
May 13 – June 19, 2021: Group exhibition in Brew House Gallery
July 3, 2021: Last Day in Studio
Apply Now! There is no fee to apply.
Applications must be received by midnight March 15, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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