For over half a century, The University of Tulsa’s Gussman Juried Student Exhibition has celebrated the best in student art including ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, graphic design and digital media. The Gussman is the capstone exhibit for each academic year where students have the opportunity to be juried by nationally notable artists….Read more about the Gussman Juried Student Exhibition.
Gussman 53 Winners
Look through the 2021 Gussman winners including video and animation submissions.
Award winning videos and animations
Best in Show: Bali Ong, “Temple Grounds,” Video
Digital Award: Jesse Robinson, “I Feel Fine,” Animation
1st Place: Hattie Blackwell, “Doppelganger,” 3D Animation
Award of Merit: Lauren Kerr, “That Was How the Night Felt,” Animation
All other winning works
All Accepted Entries
Look through the 2021 Gussman accepted entries below.
Videos and animations
All other works
2021 Gussman Juror
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Diana Gaston joined the staff as Tamarind Institute’s fourth director in January 2016. At Tamarind, she oversees the publishing projects and educational programs the New Mexico based nonprofit workshop is known for. Previously, she was the lead curator for the Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, based in Boston.
Diana has a comprehensive knowledge of Tamarind’s vast archives housed at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, where she was Curator of Prints & Photographs from 1989-1993. Subsequently, she held positions as Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and Associate Director of San Francisco Camerawork. She received both her B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1988) in Art History from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where she focused on postwar American photography and contemporary works on paper.
Her early training included the museum studies program at Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and a National Endowment for the Arts curatorial internship at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has authored numerous catalogue essays, reviews, and articles, most recently contributing the introduction for Unfolding: The Paper Art and Science of Matthew Shlian (Thames & Hudson, 2021).
About the Gussman Juried Student Exhibition
On average, over 300 pieces of art are submitted to the Gussman exhibit every year. Around 15,000 works have been submitted in total and approximately 7,500 have received awards.
The idea for a juried student-exhibit originated 52 years ago between Herbert Gussman, a Tulsa philanthropist, and Brad Place, the head of the school of art at that time. The two friends wanted some way to validate the students’ artwork and from that simple idea grew the art, design and art history department’s most prominent show. Because the pieces are evaluated by notable working artists in the field, the expected standard of work and the process is more stringent than normal course evaluation, and the selection of the award winners holds more gravitas.
Since its inception, the Gussman has been financially supported by the Roseline and Herbert Gussman family. In 2020, the exhibit received an endowment from the Gussman family that will continue this tradition of generosity and excellence.
Founded in determination, quality and imagination, the Gussman exhibit began a legacy of supporting and recognizing inspired and thoughtful young artists. Many winners have gone on to be internationally known artists, curators, art educators, a few lawyers and even a senator. But more importantly, it provides a legacy for valuing artistic expression and the creation of art, giving a voice and recognition to the creative spirit that lives inside all of us.