2020 – 2021 Distillery Artists-in-Residence

Distillery is a yearlong studio residency designed to help emerging artists transition into a professional artistic career by supporting a rigorous studio practice and providing professional development and mentorship opportunities. The program focuses on inspiring participants to embrace new challenges in their work and builds a supportive community in which to create.

The Artists:

Peter Barbor is a sculptor who has lived and worked across North America. He received his BFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the University of Washington. Recently he was Visiting Faculty in Ceramics at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Canada.  He has also had the honor of being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Paper Buck is a writer and visual artist who uses painting, printmaking, and collaborative research to explore the residues of social and ecological history, in the present. Recent projects use archival and place-centered investigations to critically explore white constructions of conservation, ecology, and the “American Landscape.” Paper recently received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and earned a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from Macalester College in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Counterpressures, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; It’s A Long Story I’ll Save For Later, The Powder Room, Pittsburgh, PA;  Today Descends From Yesterday, Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA; History in the Present, Historisches Rathaus Dringenberg, Germany; Queer Prophesies, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Eriko Hattori uses imagery, symbolism, and folklore to investigate the tension between their non-binary queer identity and Japanese heritage. Hattori’s work has been shown in duo and group exhibitions across the country and has been featured in Art Maze Magazine, the GIFC World Tour, and online for Field Project Gallery’s Corona Care project.

Deborah Hosking has lived, worked, and exhibited in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles and, since 2005, Pittsburgh. Locally, her work has been included in shows at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Initially a painter and mixed media artist, she has also worked in digital photography and video. As a filmmaker, her work includes the award-winning short Lightweight, and several site-specific installations. Deborah received her MFA at Carnegie-Mellon University, and BFA from Chatham University.

Paul Peng is a drawer whose work combines abstract mark-making with cartoon figuration. He has shown work in Philadelphia, PA, at Little Berlin and in Pittsburgh, PA at BOOM Concepts, 937 Gallery, Phosphor Project Space, and Small Mall. He holds a BCSA in Computer Science and Art from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.

Lou Tandon is a music producer and figurative painter working in oil paint and soft pastels. They earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University through the Dual Degree Program. Tandon was awarded the Brand Musical Premium Award, a Brown Arts Initiative grant, and a scholarship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

The Exhibition: Change of Course

Change of Course (May 13 – June 19, 2021 at Brew House Association Gallery)

Exhibiting artists Peter Barbor, Paper Buck, Eriko Hattori, Deborah Hosking, Paul Peng and Lou Tandon represent the eleventh cohort of the Distillery Artist-in-Residence program at Brew House Association.

The Mentors:

Each year, Distillery artists are work with professional mentors from the region. Mentors for the Distillery 11 Cohort included: