Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist, Tess Howsam curates and directs ekphrastic shows that blend theater, installation art, and performance. Howsam seeks to subvert theatrical expectations and build cross-disciplinary collaborations that address contemporary sociological, political and environmental issues.
Howsam is the Founding Artistic Director of the Exquisite Corpse Company. She graduated from Bard College, New York, and recieved her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. Howsam polished her performance skills at the British American Drama Academy, London, England and the Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She has worked as performer/director in a variety of New York venues including: Arts@Renaissance, The Barrow Group Theater, Brooklyn Lyceum, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, Governors Island, HERE Art Space, Jimmy’s no.43, Signature Theatre, Soho Playhouse, and The Living Theater.
André Terrel Jackson is a visual artist and writer currently based in Trenton, New Jersey. Jackson received a BA from Albright College and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. The artist uses language to center the voices and images of blackness. Mining personal history, André is able to use poetry, weaving, sculpture and apparel to investigate intersecting identities. The mixing, and juxtaposing, of materials lend humor and beauty to often harsh realities. Jackson recently presented the paper “Self Identification Through Intersectionality” at the Textile Society of America 16th Biennial Symposium in Vancouver, Canada. Bylines include Efniks.com. Recent exhibitions include The Freedman Gallery (Reading, PA) and Artworks (Trenton, NJ).
Matthew Jensen received a BA in political science and fine arts from Rice University, and an MFA in photography from the University of Connecticut. He is a 2017 GIDEST Fellow, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 grant recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and has received other grants and awards. His projects Park Wonder and The Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape each received support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Jensen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art, among others. He has participated in residencies at the NYC Urban Field Station, MacDowell Colony, LMCC, ArtBuilt/Queens Museum, Wave Hill, the Delaware Contemporary and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He is a part-time Assistant Professor of photography and studio art at Parsons School of Design. Jensen lives and works in the Bronx.
Born and raised by the north coast of Istanbul, Burcu Koray is a Turkish writer/filmmaker working with natural landscapes, human bodies, mythologies. Her site-specific pieces have been installed in an arboretum, an airport, an Arctic church and a fishing vessel touring the Black Sea. Her work has received fellowships and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Bennington Writing Seminars, the Muse and the Marketplace. Burcu is working on Songs from the Word Shed, a novel which tackles the mystery of speech, and Fluid City, a series of video-based works featuring AR & VR180.
|Andrea Grover||Executive Director of Guild Hall|
|Josh Gladstone||Artistic Director of The John Drew Theater|
|Christina Strassfield||Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall Museum|
|Phillip Schultz||Literary Artist|
|Toni Ross||Visual Artist|
Principal Sponsor: Lucy and Steven Cookson
Lead Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Thomas Roush, The Schaffner Family Foundation, and a Local Resident and Friend of Guild Hall.
Co-Sponsors:, Judith Hope, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Additional Support: Elena Prohaska Glinn, Margery and Sheldon Harnick, Mary Heilmann
In-Kind Gifts: Amagansett Wine and Spirits, the East Hampton Library, Ben Krupinski Builder, and the YMCA.