Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas.

Nance makes films, installations, and performances, in addition to music, under the name Terence Etc. Nance’s first feature film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2013. The film has garnered Nance recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2012. OVERSIMPLIFICATION also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.”

A 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Nance’s most recent films SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN and UNIVITILLEN, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 New York Film Festival, respectively. In 2017, Nance premiered a performance piece, 18 BLACK BOYS AGES 1-18 WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE SINGULARITY AND ARE THUS SPIRITUAL MACHINES at Sundance.

In addition to his personal work, Nance is an accomplished music video director, having collaborated on short films and music videos with Nick Hakim, Cody ChesnuTT and Pharoahe Monch, to name a few. Nance currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is currently developing his next feature film.


(Visiting Faculty teach for the MFA in Film Program on an ad hoc and irregular basis.)

Selected work

Emilie Upczak

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Brooke Berman

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film

Marya Cohn

Faculty Chair, MFA in Film

Damon Davis

Faculty, MFA in Film

Daphne McWilliams

Visiting Faculty, MFA in Film