Guild Hall Announces 2017 Artist-In-Residence Awardees

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Guild Hall has named five recipients of the 2017 Guild House Artist-in-Resident (AIR) spring program to run for eight weeks from March 11 through May 7. Residents in the fields of literary, performing, and visual arts, and curatorial/critical studies, were selected via an open application by members of the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts, an association of the country’s most accomplished creative individuals.

The Guild House AIR program provides artists two months living space, a monthly stipend, access to mentorship through Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts and introductions to the cultural community of the Hamptons. Integral to the program is collaboration and conversations with artists of the region, and partnerships with arts and cultural institutions of the East End.

This year’s Academy of the Arts Selection Committee included Paul Goldberger, architectural critic and educator; Ralph Gibson, photographer; Stephen Hamilton, actor/director; and Dava Sobel, science writer/novelist. The Guild House Residents were selected from 131 online applications from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, and the United Kingdom, and 14 were from the East End. The majority of submissions were from throughout the United States. The application process was overseen by Guild House AIR Coordinator, Marianna Levine, and advised by Academy President, Eric Fischl.

“The Guild House AIR was founded in 2016 as a tenet of Guild Hall’s mission to nurture, cultivate, and celebrate the artistic spirit of the East End of Long Island,” said Andrea Grover, Executive Director of Guild Hall. “Guild House AIR encourages the next generation to contribute to the area’s rich creative legacy by bringing emerging artists to the region and providing a foundation for individual development.”


2017 Guild House Artist-in-Residence Fellows


Lucia Davis, Curatorial/Critical Studies Selected by Paul Goldberger, is a resident of Greenport, New York and founder of The Art Bus Project, a not-for-profit organization and mobile exhibit that provides access to art and the creative agenda to communities across the country. Prior to creating The Art Bus Project, she was Director of Content at Obviously Social, a New York City social media agency. Additionally, Lucia is a journalist and editor, previously holding editorial positions at several trade publications, including PR News and iMedia Connection. Her writing has appeared on Atlas Obscura, in Alumni Horae, on minonline and in The Minetta Review, among others. 

Tanya Gabrielian, Performing Artist Selected by Steve Hamilton, has been hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle.” Tanya shot onto the international stage at the age of twenty with back-to-back victories in the Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition. Since then, she has performed on four continents and in venues, such as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, and with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Lydia Hicks, Visual Artist Selected by Ralph Gibson, has had her wildlife photography published with National Geographic. Her cinematography has premiered at Sundance. A traveling filmmaker, Lydia’s contributions have taken her across the United States, beyond oceans into South Africa, Ecuador, and Qatar. A connection with the animal kingdom and globally oppressive social-economic paradigms have lead Lydia to become both educator and activist. She infuses insights into identity politics concerning generational poverty, race, gender and sexual orientation into her work. Her current work, Black in the Water, is a multi-channel video installation that explores people of color and their relationships with water. 

Judson Merrill, Literary Artist Selected by Dava Sobel, work has appeared in, or is forthcoming, in The Iowa Review, The Southampton Review, Unstuck, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Used Furniture Review, and other publications. He was recently a writing fellow at Lighthouse Works in New York and an Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow in Michigan. Judson studied literature and writing at Brown University and received his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he also taught composition and fiction for several years, but he is from, of, and forever bound for Maine.

Walter Price, Visual Artist Selected by Ralph Gibson, was born in Macon, Georgia and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 2007 through 2011, he enrolled in Middle Georgia College and then went on to study at the Art Institute of Washington where he received his B.A. He has had solo exhibitions at Karma in New York City and at The Modern Institute in Glasgow and his paintings have been part of group shows in Amagansett, Brooklyn, New York City, and Macon, Georgia. His work has also been on view at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, New York and Paris.



Harvey Ginsberg Postcard Collection. Courtesy of the East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection.



Founded over 80 years ago, Guild Hall is the Hampton’s year-round visual and performing arts center wholly dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. The center offers the community, as well as visitors and tourists, enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs and events, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community. For more information and to become a Guild Hall member, visit If you are 21-40 years of age, join our Contemporaries for events and programs specifically curated for young professionals. Call 631.324.0806 for more info.


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