Distillery Program hosted by the Brew House Association

The Brew House in Southside

Found: Red brick building in the Southside with strong Pittsburgh arts and beer brewing history, steel beams, high ceiling, empty library desk, white walled gallery, ladder and a stage.

Lost: 6-8 emerging artists (past ones emerged), a steamroller driver, printmaker, painter, sculptor, video maven, scientist, illusionist, musician, grape crusher and owner of a 60 ft green lizard that wears black and gold and responds to “Godzilla”…

The Distillery Program at the Brew House in Southside

The Distillery Program at the Brew House in Southside

The Distillery Program is an 8 month studio residency program that builds a bridge between fine arts in the academic realm and the career development as an individual artist. Seeking 6-8 emerging artists for the next iteration, the Brew House Association encourages both the production of new work and the creation of critical dialogue and professional development for the selected emerging artists. Artists are presented with professional development workshops, artist lectures, professional critiques, partnerships with other arts organizations in the Pittsburgh area, a shared studio, and a final exhibition.

Opportunity awaits you

The sixth year of the Distillery Program hosted by the Brew House Association is set to begin in September. The program offers weekly meetings consisting of a series of lectures, critiques and studio visits. The selected artists are provided dedicated and secure studio space at the Brew House at a very minimal fee. The artists are in contact with professional working artists for mentorship and networking opportunities, work closely with other arts organizations in the Pittsburgh area, host two pubic exhibitions in the course of the program, and meet for critiques and professional development opportunities presented by guest speakers in the fine arts and museum industry.

Brewing art since the 90’s

The Brew House Association is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting individual artists from Pittsburgh and beyond. Since 1990, The Brew House Association (BHA) has been operating out of the former Duquesne Brewery; a 103,000 square foot stone and brick building located in Pittsburgh’s historic South Side. Born from the vision, hard work, and determination of local artists, the Brew House has evolved from a loosely organized artist collective into a registered non-profit organization (1997), eventually securing ownership of the building in 2002. Since then, the Brew House has been providing individual artists and artist groups with affordable living, studio and work spaces, gallery exhibition opportunities, and a black-box theatre performance venue.

Past participants

The Distillery Program is structured to support the creation of work and to help emerging artists transition into professional artists.

Where is the Brew House?
2100 Mary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-7767

When are applications due?
July 15th, 2011 (for fall session)

How do I apply?
The online application can be found and submitted here.

You also need:

  • 10 images: 150 dpi jpegs with image list information emailed to distillerysix@gmail.com
  • Current CV + 2 references
  • 1-2 paragraph statement explaining how participation in the program could enhance your artistic practice.
  • Current artist statement (limit 1 page)


  • Artists working in any visual media – including time-based and performance media.
  • Students enrolled during the 2011-2012 school year are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to attend all scheduled sessions.
  • Applications will be reviewed with the focus on the quality of the artist’s work, and potential impact of program on their studio practice and artistic career.

Inquiries can be emailed to distillerysix@gmail.com

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