Discipline: Architecture – design, Interdisciplinary Art – new media

Jeffrey Halstead

Discipline: Architecture – design, Interdisciplinary Art – new media
Region: Catskill, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2020, 2021, 2022

Jeffrey Halstead is a multidisciplinary artist who works in digital photography, animation, 3D modeling, and physical installation. His artistic and spatial explorations reside in the effects of weight, the associated collapse of material, and how gravity can be used to distort and challenge the collective power structures of traditional architectural space.

Halstead teaches at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Prior to teaching, he practiced as an architect at Gehry Partners LLP in Los Angeles. During his time at Gehry, he worked on two large-scale private residences and international competition projects.

Halstead received his M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he graduated with distinction, received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and was awarded the annual SCI-Arc Gehry prize for the best graduate thesis project.

His work has been internationally featured and published in print and online for AD Architecture Design Magazine, Architect Magazine, B-1 Magazine, Architecture & Culture Korea, and Designboom; and exhibited in Los Angeles at Woodbury’s Wedge Gallery, A One Night Stand LA, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, and the SCi-Arc Gallery.

During the first Virtual MacDowell in 2020, Jeff worked on the conclusion and dissemination of a two-year-long design and research project, titled “Projection Series.” Projection Series has been exhibited in three of four total parts – each exhibition is site-specific and took place in Los Angeles-based galleries during 2017-19.



Jeffrey Halstead worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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