2019 Artists-In-Residence: Spring Session


Tess Howsam


Tess Howsam is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. Howsam curates and directs ekphrastic shows that blend theater, installation art, and performance, and 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 and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. She polished her performance skills at the British American Drama Academy in London and the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She has worked as a performer and 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


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. Jackson uses language to center the voices and images of blackness. Mining personal history, he 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’s 16th Biennial Symposium in Vancouver, Canada. Bylines include Efniks.com. Recent exhibitions include The Freedman Gallery, Reading, PA, and Artworks, Trenton.


Matthew Jensen


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 and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 grant recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts for his projects Park Wonder and The Wilmington Center for the Study of Local Landscape. Jensen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art, among others. He has participated in residencies at the NYC Urban Field Station, MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ArtBuilt/Queens Museum, Wave Hill Public Gardens, 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. 


Selection Committee

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

Program Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Lucy and Steven Cookson
Lead Sponsors: An anonymous donor, Christina and Alan MacDonald, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Katharine Rayner, Neda Young, and a Local Resident and Friend of Guild Hall
Co-Sponsors: Bobbie Braun-The Neuwirth Foundation, Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation/Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Eric Fischl, Judith Hope, The Michaels Family Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Lynn and Bruce Surry, Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson
Additional Support: Marjorie and Robert Emden, Nina Gillman, Elena Prohaska Glinn, Lee Gruzen, Margery and Sheldon Harnick, Mary Heilmann, Linda and Morton Janklow, Bonnie Lautenberg, and Julie and Nick Sakellariadis
In-Kind Gifts: Amagansett Wine and Spirits, the East Hampton Library, Ben Krupinski Builder, and the YMCA.