Distillery Application and Eligibility

Applications for the 2024-2025 Distillery Residency are now closed.


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.

Artists working in any visual media are eligible to apply. Applicants must be based within the Pittsburgh region – housing is not provided. Artists must have access to reliable transportation to the studios. (There is free street parking near Brew House, bike racks, and the facility can be accessed via Port Authority Bus Lines – 54, 81, 83, 48.) Selected applicants are expected to attend all scheduled residency sessions — once a month on Saturdays. Students enrolled during the 2022-2023 school year are not eligible.

Underrepresented candidates, including black and non-black people of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+, are encouraged to apply. Brew House Arts is committed to being accessible to all. If you have specific accommodations or needs, contact us at bnakamoto@brewhousearts.org and let us know what accommodations we can make to ensure your experience is positive.

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.

*Individuals considering applying to both Distillery & Prospectus must select one program for which to apply each season. Artists selected to participate in the Distillery program will be ineligible to participate in BHA’s Prospectus program simultaneously. 

*All artists must agree to Brew House Arts Community Agreements and Studio Guidelines. See reference forms below. 

Program Requirements

All Artists-In-Residence must be able to:

  • Attend monthly workshops and group critiques that occur on Saturdays or weekday evenings. 
  • Complete all tasks assigned at monthly workshops.
  • Pay all monthly program fees (typical cost $100/ month)
  • Arrange regular meetings with program mentors.
  • Submit artist statements & biographies 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.

Fees & Stipends

Artists are required to sign a Rental Agreement for their 250 sq. ft. studio. A refundable $100 security deposit is due at move-in. Program requires a $100 per month participation fee which covers the subsidized cost of studio rent.

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. There is no fee to apply. 


March 5, 2024: Virtual Information Session. Register Here. (6:30-8:00 pm)

April 1, 2024: Applications Due (5:00 pm)

May 3, 2024: Accepted artists will be notified

June 13, 2024: Artist Welcome Reception

July 15 – July 21, 2023: Studio Move-in Dates

April 17 – June 7, 2025: Group Exhibition in Brew House Gallery

June 28, 2025: Last Day in Studio

To Apply

Applications for the 2024-2025 Distillery Residency are now closed.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on April 1, 2024. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please review the Application Questions in advance. Application does NOT allow for partial completion or saving of work to return, so applicants should have their materials ready and able to submit in one sitting. 


Send any questions to: bnakamoto@brewhousearts.org

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