Tessa Guze
, United States
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Brief Summary

Compassion and empathy are two of my main characteristics. These essential elements of my personality are evident in my paintings.  I choose to paint things that make me feel passionate, whether it is loving or tearful.

            I am inspired by people and animals. I have always sympathized with the underdog, the downtrodden, and the undervalued in every situation. I am compelled to learn about different cultures and ways of life. In my paintings, I attempt to help people to understand and accept those who are different from them. I try to bring characters to life in my paintings so that the viewer can sympathize with them and relate to them.

            I paint in oil because I love the rich complexity of the medium. I love that I can spend my entire life painting and never reach the end of the varieties and techniques possible in this medium. It fits my love of diversity, trying new things and learning.

Professional Experience
Roli Books, New Delhi, India

      Intern in the Design Department, designed book covers, book layouts, newsletters, posters, and book store website

Kapulti Nagar Daycare/School, Jaipur, India

            Teacher in impoverished community

Aalingan Orphanage, Jaipur, India

            Teacher and caretaker of HIV positive orphans

Educational Support Services, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

            Peer Tutor: assist students who are struggling in their classes

Admissions Office, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

                 Student Ambassador: give tours to prospective students

Resident Assistant, Moore College of Art & Design. Philadelphia, PA

      Facilitate community building activities, planning programs, counseling and helping students with issues, making referrals to college resources, keeping the residences in working order, closing and opening the halls before and after breaks, and act as a general resource to students

Library, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

            Work Study: assisted students with research and finding sources

Nasher Art Museum, Durham, NC

      Security Services: greeted museum patrons, answered questions, guided guests to exhibitions and ensured safety of art.

Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

            Intern, designed page layouts and assisted in promoting events

Awards and Recognition


Member of the Society of Illustrators, NY

Moore Book Club, Founder, Representative and Treasurer, Moore College

Student Government, Director of the Student Run Gallery, Moore College

Expanded Sketchbook Class, study abroad in Mexico City, Moore College


Honorary Degree Committee, Moore College

Judiciary Committee, Moore College

Retention Committee, Student Representative, Moore College

Student Life Committee, Student Representative, Moore College

Art Shop Committee, Student Representative, Moore College

Visual Arts Committee, Student Representative, Moore College

Planning Committee, Student Representative, Moore College


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