Artist Rachel Simmons. Photo by Kitoko Chargois
Distillery Emerging Artists Program
Distillery is a year-long studio residency designed to help seven Pittsburgh-based 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 gain access to local mentors and to monthly professional development workshops led by 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.
“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 of this program. It changed and added value to my process and work.”
– Tereneh Idia, Distillery 8, 2018
- Subsidized studio space
- Professional development workshops
- Group critiques
- Mentorship from professional artists
- Group Exhibition
- Professional documentation of exhibited artworks
About the Studios
Distillery studios are located in the Brew House, a shared live & work community in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Studios are provided as work space and should function as such – studios are not residential.
Studios are located on the second floor of the building and are accessible by elevator or stairs. Each studio is approximately 250 sq. ft. and are part of a collaborative space with shared access to wifi, sinks, couches, refrigerator, and microwave.
Artists are responsible to provide all furniture and tools for individual studios. 5 out of the 7 studios are finished with dry wall on all sides while the two end studios have 1 exposed brick wall. Individual studios measure approximately 12 ft x 19ft, with 8ft high walls. Note that studio walls do not reach the ceiling so noise and dust particles may travel throughout the space. All studios have an individual window, overhead fluorescent lighting, and ethernet cable. Each studio has sliding barn doors and may be locked using a combination lock.