Guild House | photo courtesy Lexington Company, which donated textiles and furnishings to the program.

Guild Hall in East Hampton has announced this year’s Artists in Residence, including a painter, a nature filmmaker, an author, a concert pianist and the Greenport creator of The Art Bus Project.

The program runs for eight weeks, from March 11 through May 7, and residents were selected via an open application by members of the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts, an association of accomplished creative members.

This is the second year of the Artist-in-Residence program at Guild House, adjacent to Guild Hall on Dunemere Lane, which 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 here, inviting the artists into collaboration and conversations with East End artists and partnerships with arts and cultural institutions.

“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 Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover. “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.”

The 2017 Guild House Artist-in-Residence Fellows are:

Lucia Davis

Lucia Davis photo by Chelsea Audibert web
Lucia Davis | photo by Chelsea Audibert

Lucia Davis, the Curatorial/Critical Studies pick 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. Lucia is also 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

Tanya Gabrielian
Tanya Gabrielian | Lisa Marie Mazzucco photo

Tanya Gabrielian, a Performing Artist selected by Steve Hamilton, has been hailed by The Times of London 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

Lydia Hicks
Lydia Hicks  | courtesy Guild Hall

Lydia Hicks, a 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.

Below is the trailer from Ms. Hicks’ “Rediscovering the Scientist:”

Judson Merrill

Judson Merrill
Judson Merrill

Judson Merrill, a Literary Artist selected by Dava Sobel, has published or forthcoming work 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

Walter Price | photo courtesy of Guild Hall
Walter Price | courtesy Guild Hall


Walter Price, a Visual Artist selected by Ralph Gibson, was born in Macon, Georgia and now lives and works in Brooklyn. 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.


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.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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