DIANA GASTON, Director
Diana Gaston joined the staff as Tamarind's fourth director in January 2016. 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 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 for magazine such as Art on Paper, Aperture, Art New England, and Art in America.
BRANDON GUNN, Education Director
Brandon Gunn joined the Tamarind staff in January 2016 as the interim Director of Education. Following a national search in May 2019, Gunn was selected for the position at Tamarind, where he oversees the internationally recognized Professional Printer Training Program and the intensive Summer Workshop. Gunn completed the Senior Printer Fellow training at Tamarind, receiving his Tamarind Master Printer certificate in 2008. He has considerable experience as a collaborative printer and educator, and is extremely knowledgeable of lithography, the full range of printmaking techniques, and digital technology. During the past three years at Tamarind he has demonstrated his teaching abilities in training 24 printers in the year-long training program, and providing instruction for another 24 students in the summer program.
EVA LIPTON-ORMAND, Business Manager
Eva Lipton-Ormand has worked at UNM since 2006 as program coordinator, specialist, and manager for programs such as the Institute for Medieval Studies, the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, and the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives, where she helped develop the Rananim online writing program. She currently divides her time between the Tamarind and the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust. She holds a master's degree in theater, film and television studies as well as English and German Literature from the University of Cologne. At Tamarind, Eva helps manage finance and daily operations.
VALPURI REMLING, Master Printer and Workshop Manager
Valpuri Kylmanen Remling hails from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. After receiving her MFA in printmaking from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Valpuri studied at Tamarind Institute and received her Tamarind Master Printer certificate in 2009. She then returned to Helsinki and resumed her post at Helsinki Litho, becoming co-owner of the workshop, while also teaching lithography at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, in the Academy of Fine Arts printmaking program. After an extensive international search, Valpuri was appointed the Maser Printer and Workshop Manager of Tamarind Institute. Her role includes collaborations with visiting artists, managing multiple publishing projects, advising other workshops and manufacturing entities on best practices in lithography, and leading research in advances in lithographic techniques. Every year she directs the research of Tamarind apprentice printers and mentors the next generation of master printers.
ANNE SLATTERY, Curator
Anne Slattery became the curator at Tamarind in the Spring of 2010. Before moving to New Mexico, she worked as a letterpress printer at Boxcar Press in central New York. Anne received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College in 2001, and a MFA in Printmaking and certificate in Books Arts from the University of Iowa in 2005.
SHELLY SMITH, Development and Marketing
Shelly Smith joined Tamarind as the Marketing and Development Specialist in 2009. She came to Tamarind with experience in both marketing and IT from companies such as IBM and Albuquerque-based Rio Grande. Her experience included project management, data analysis and direct marketing. Shelly received her BA in Linguistics from Ohio University in 1993, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000.
Nancy Zastudil, Gallery Director
Our newest member to the team, Nancy Zastudil, joined Tamarind in October 2018. Nancy is an art curator, writer, editor, and administrator dedicated to making positive change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the arts. Zastudil was formerly the owner/director of Central Features Contemporary Art, administrative director of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, visual arts editor of Arts and Culture Texas, and associate director of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Nancy holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University and a MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.