Discipline: Architecture – design, Interdisciplinary Art – new media

Jeffrey Halstead

Discipline: Architecture – design, Interdisciplinary Art – new media
Region: Catskill, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Jeffrey Halstead is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photogrammetry, animation, 3D modeling, and physical installation. His artistic and spatial explorations reside in the effects of weight, the associated collapse of material. and how computer simulation can be used to capture the experience of time and space.

In addition to earning an M.F.A. at Columbia University, Halstead holds an M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he graduated with distinction, was awarded the Frank Gehry prize for best graduate thesis and received the Alpha-Rho-Chi medal. After receiving his M.Arch. in 2014, Halstead worked closely with the architect Frank Gehry on residential and institutional projects. He held an ArtOMI Fellowship in 2021

Halstead has taught at the University of Michigan, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the University of Houston. 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 has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and Venice, Italy, including those Woodbury’s Wedge Gallery, A One Night Stand LA, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, and the SCi-Arc Gallery. 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

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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